The Camden People’s Theatre's Festival of Feminism is back by popular demand for a third year. The artistic director of the theatre Brian Logan explains how the inaugural Calm Down Dear "...provided a focal point for the extraordinary and exciting conversations about feminism that were happening at that time. They’re still happening, and intensifying.” And he’s right. The conversation on what feminism means in 2015 is as pertinent as ever. This festival invites us all to be a part of the debate, whether male or female, committed feminist or merely curious.
Calm Down, Dear festival 2015
The creative vision of Calm Down, Dear amounts to more than feminist activism. As the provocative title (which refers to a disparaging comment made by David Cameron to a female MP) suggests: this is a mixture of punchy comedy and political comment.The festival promises to show how theatre can simultaneously educate and entertain – and that it is often the most exciting medium through which to challenge assumptions and preconceptions.
Previous years have seen hits including Bridget Christie’s A Bic for Her and Louise Orwin's Pretty Ugly. And this year's line up is just as vibrant -- with shows spanning including a mother and baby double act and a Renaissance cross-dresser.
Top shows and new talents
Culture Whisper's top picks include the premiere of a new show by Louise Orwin, A Girl and a Gun, which challenges ideas of heroism and the media's preoccupation with women and weapons.
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Portrait by Racheal Ofori and Fuel Theatre will bring a candid and caustic exploration of a young black woman' s experience to London.
For a more visual take on feminist themes, 2:1 by Kansaze Dance Company responds to a lack of women in positions of power through physical theatre.
Plus throughout the Festival, there will be an exhibition by Nicola Canavan. Raising the Skirt presents a new take on intimacy and exposure in a series of images where the female subjects have reclaimed the perception of female nudity.
|What||Calm Down, Dear, Camden People's Theatre|
|Where||Camden People's Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Camden Town (underground)|
16 Sep 15 – 11 Oct 15, Performance times vary for each event.
|Website||Click here for more information and to book via CPT|