The complete lineup has been revealed for the National Theatre’s COURAGE EVERYWHERE festival.
COURAGE EVERYWHERE, running at the Southbank venue next week, marks the 100th anniversary of women in the UK gaining the right to vote. The NT celebrates the historic moment with a series of rehearsed readings, talks and screening. World class actors and directors bring plays touching on suffrage, courage and the fight for political equality in the UK and around the world.
AND OTHERS, curated by Susan Croft, Graeae and the National Theatre; brings to life the voices of women who have been lost to history, who fought for suffrage but whose stories have been left untold, together with the voices of deaf and disabled women living today. Directed by Jenny Sealey, the cast features Vilma Jackson, Liz Carr, Babirye Bukilwa, Philippa Cole, Karina Jones, Kellan Frankland, Jodi-Alissa Bickerton, Awa Jagne, Rena Sodhi and Paddy Glynn. The reading takes place 15th November.
Directed by Dawn Walton, IN THE PARLOUR by Judy Tate and MAGDA, JO, ISABELLA by Saviana Stanescu, Aoise Stratford and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon are performed 16th November. IN THE PARLOUR is set on the eve of the most historic Women’s Suffrage Marches two women, divided by race, battle for their right to be united and to fight in this movement. MAGDA, JO, ISABELLA are three new monologues from US writers tackling race, class and belonging in the Suffrage movement. The cast includes Eliza Butterworth, Martina Laird, Yasmin Mwanza and Amaka Okafor.
Performing at 3pm on 17th November, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s HER NAKED SKIN is directed by Nadia Fall. Depicting a love-affair which crosses fraught class lines against the backdrop of the violent struggle for Suffrage, Lenkiewicz’s play first premiered in the Olivier Theatre a decade ago. The cast features George Mackay, Paul Bazely, David Calder, Lois Chimimba, Erin Doherty, Deborah Findlay, Kate Fleetwood, Andrew Havill, Tunji Kasim, Isabella Laughland, Penny Layden, Francesca Mills, Sarah Ridgeway and Michael Shaeffer.
Later that same night, BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, a new comedy by US writer Bryna Turner, premieres in a reading directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Set in a Massachusetts seminary, two lovers find their lives upturned by revolution, fan-adoration and the price of joining the establishment. The cast is composed of Fiona Shaw, Jade Anouka, Clare Dunne, Leah Harvey and Sally Rogers.
In the final rehearsed reading, VOTES FOR WOMEN, a revival of Elizabeth Robin’s groundbreaking 1907 play is performed 18th November, directed by Lyndsey Turner. The play dramatises the moment in which the Suffragette movement was born; as political discourse reached breaking point and women across the UK stood up to be counted. The cast for the reading includes Ruby Bentall, Anthony Calf, Jolyon Coy, Daniel Flynn, Philip Goldacre, Stella Gonet, Adelle Leonce, Victoria Moseley, Vinette Robinson, Ellora Torchia, Sylvestra le Touzel, Zubin Varla and Dwane Walcott.
The festival coincides with a number of talks and events also taking place throughout the building. This includes WOMEN POETS THROUGH THE AGES WITH ALLIE ESIRI. Performed in the Olivier Theatre on 16th November, the poems will be read by Sheila Atim, Kate Fleetwood, Joanna Lumley and Indira Varma. DRAMATIC PROGRESS: VOTES FOR WOMEN AND THE EDWARDIAN STAGE is an exhibition currently running in the Lyttleton Lounge concurrently with the festival.
COURAGE EVERYWHERE runs at the National Theatre 15th November to 18th November.