“THERE'S SOMETHING JOYFUL AND DEFIANT, BOTH IN TERMS OF SUBJECT MATTER AND THE CONVENTIONS OF THEATRE PROGRAMMING, ABOUT HAVING THEM ALL HERE TOGETHER- LITERALLY UNDER THE SAME ROOF'
- Sally Stott (The Scotsman)
During the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe we staged a promenade, immersive showcase of radical plays in a real flat in the heart of Edinburgh. Each of the four plays was written and directed by women. Audiences were taken on a journey - in all senses - through a flat reimagined by each show as the domestic backdrop to a woman’s life. These plays all drew on accounts of real women’s experiences, and presented stories too often left out of conventional theatre.
BY MATILDA CURTIS
When does a girl become a woman? This question is at the heart of Matilda Curtis’ site-specific New Play. Following a proposal from her Very Nice Boyfriend, Girl (28), finds herself on the cusp of marriage, family and a comfortable future. But she freezes; she doesn’t want any of it. So she goes backwards, hurtling towards the tragic early event that shaped her.
Directed by Bethany Pitts, Associate Director Roberto Valdo Cortese, Starring Dani Moseley
2. NEXT TIME
BY JESS MOORE
Next Time depicts domestic violence through the lens of a young woman attempting to leave her partner. Confined to the claustrophobic space of one room in a house, the audience of Next Time watches as she tries to overcome her injuries and obstacles in real-time.Next Time draws on Moore’s own insight as a board member of DV charity, Tender.
Directed by Polly Creed, starring Francesca Isherwood
3. THE EMPTY CHAIR
BY POLLY CREED
The Empty Chair is an immersive play that explores the #MeToo movement and the way we narrate our own lived experiences. Taking you behind the walled communities of Beverly Hills and into the cloistered setting of a Hollywood after-party in the early hours of the morning, the play examines the human experiences behind the #MeToo movement.
Directed by Seren John-Wood, Starring Ema Cavolli, Nick Brown, Roisin Tapponi, and Blaithin Carroll
4. FUNERAL FLOWERS
BY EMMA DENNIS-EDWARDS
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SELECT ACCOLADES AND PRESS
Winners: Filipa Bragança Award for Funeral Flowers
Winners: Clean Break's Edinburgh mentorship scheme
Article: What's On Stage on A week in the life at the Festival
Review: ★★★★★ British Theatre on Funeral Flowers
Review: ★★★★★ To Do List on Funeral Flowers
Review: ★★★★★ Marbles Magazine on Funeral Flowers
Review: ★★★★★ The 730 Review on Funeral Flowers
Review: ★★★★ Fringe Guru on Next Time
Review: ★★★★ Three Weeks on Funeral Flowers
Review: ★★★★ The Skinny on Funeral Flowers
Review: "Outstanding Show" Fringe Review on Next Time
Nominated: The Sit-Up Awards, The Empty Chair
“These feminist plays are set in domesticated spaces; the home, the bedroom, the kitchen. Spaces which are warm and safe and always gendered. This is disrupted through the stories that are told, and the defiance of the women inside them” - Exeunt