We are delighted to be able to showcase brand news works from phenomenal female playwrights and theatre-makers, both experienced and emerging, at our three-day festival from 12 – 14th September at MK Gallery.
Thought-provoking original material comes in the form of one main play written by Julia Pascal and Directed by Rosemary Hill (Artistic Director of The Play’s The Thing); and five new ‘scratch’ pieces from emerging female playwrights and theatre-makers, actors and directors; which we will introduce separately.
But first, the main play by Julia Pascal:
Julia Pascal - ‘Three Sisters’
Written especially for this event by Julia Pascal, playwright and first female director at The National Theatre; ‘Three Sisters’ tells the fascinating story of her mother and her mother’s sisters.
They say that in the last moments all your life flashes before you.
Edith, Isabel and Pearl are three sisters. Their parents fled anti semitism in Romania for a new life Manchester in 1908.
These daughters of immigrants reflect the twentieth and 21stcenturies from a British and American perspective.
Edith becomes the army’s first munitions officer. Pearl marries a G.I. Isabel’s ambition is to become a doctor’s wife. At the end of their lives each woman remembers key moments of her existence from the erotic to the political.
‘Three Sisters’ will be performed on:
Julia Pascal PhD is a playwright, theatre director and scholar. A graduate of the University of London and the University of York, she is a Research Fellow at King’s College, London. Her dramas are published by Oberon Books and her plays have been performed in Europe and the USA. Currently she is writing a new play about Hannah Arendt, Charlotte Salomon and Eva Daube, all of whom were incarcerated in Gurs, 1940.
Rosemary first worked as an English and Drama teacher and then trained as an actor at the Drama Studio, London. She worked briefly on the London fringe before accepting a job at the BBC as a director and producer where she worked for twelve wonderful years in radio and TV and in both drama and documentary.
Her work took her all over the world, often working in challenging environments making programmes about controversial issues such as FGM, HIV and motherhood, maternal health, women’s rights and girls’ education in developing countries. She went freelance in 1999 and continues to work in the media where she has produced award winning programmes for BBC World Service and BBC Education. She has also made several short films.
Her first love though is the theatre and she founded The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company in 2008. Rosemary has wide experience in directing ranging from Shakespeare, Ibsen and Chekov to more modern classics such as “Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh and of course plays by remarkable women playwrights such as Bryony Lavery, Caryl Churchill and Timberlake Wertenbaker. She has also directed new work and is passionate about creating more opportunities for women playwrights, directors and actors.
Rosemary is also very interested in mental health and last year she qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor after three years of training. She now works for Mind and YiS (Youth Counselling) part time and has a private practice. Rosemary is a member of Stage Directors UK and Equity.