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The Party Somewhere Else Festival Line Up

22 February 18 words: Lucy Manning

The women-led theatre festival is doing bits in March...

All-female Nottingham-based collective, The Party Somewhere Else, have released the full details of their upcoming festival. And we can’t bleddy wait.

Sick and tired of not being invited to the party, a host of local creatives --  all of whom happen to be women – decided to take matters into their own hands, and create a party of their own. That party is namely a week-long programme of perfomances and workshops led by women, to be showcased at Nottingham Playhouse from 20 – 24 March.

Despite buying (approximately) 65% of theatre tickets, women still only account for 36% of professional directors, 28% of professional playwrights, and 39% of professional actors. And that, our dear friends, is not right. The Party Somewhere Else are trying to rectify this problem, by creating events that showcase, celebrate and support the work made by women, and to champion female-led projects. And have a darn good time doing it, too.

With everything from fully-fledged theatre productions to scratch nights, one-woman shows to spoken word and dance, there’s a little bit of summat for everyone to get stuck into.

TUESDAY 20 MARCH
18.45-19.45: Lost In Labour, Nicola Carter
Drawing on autobiographical experience, ‘Lost in Labour’ wryly explores the relationship between the rhythms of work, labour and leisure and the indelible effect on identity and the physical self: a show that is spectacularly low key!

20.30-21.30: Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth, Notnow Collective
A hilariously funny and brutally honest look at motherhood in one show with two mums on stage and three kids in the dressing room. 

WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH
19.45-22.00: The Party Somewhere Else Scratch Night 
Work in progress by a selection of artists, full line up TBA.

THURSDAY 22 MARCH 
Highlights of Calm Down, Dear Festival programmed by Camden People’s Theatre

17.45-18.30: Jonny The Biblical Rapper, Tessa Parr
Johnny is a very serious Spoken Word Poet. Johnny is a man, I am a woman. I perform Johnny.

18.45-19.45: Temporary, Libby Liburd
Filled with humour, heart and hard facts, ‘Temporary’ explores the social and political reasons for the surge in households in temporary accommodation. Presented in association with Camden People’s Theatre.

20.30-21.30: SEXY, Vanessa Kissule
SEXY uses truthful wit and clever verse to explore our conflicted relationship with our bodies and sexiness, exploring our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress. Presented in association with Camden People’s Theatre.

FRIDAY 23 MARCH
14.00-15.00: Your Voice Matters! (#ReadytoVote18) workshop, with Kate Willoughby from #Emilymatters
A call to action workshop that weaves the story of the suffragettes with contemporary voting matters.

17.30-18.30: Inky Matter, Kimberley Harvey (Subtle Kraft)
‘Inky Matter’ is a solo performance inspired by letters – the ones we have written and received, but also those that remain unwritten.

18.45-19.30: At The Heart of Things, Vertebra Theatre
Dance-puppetry exploring sexuality and identity.

20.30-21.30: Soon Come […] Home, Mellow Baku
Mellow Baku creates a potent, captivating performance, inviting the audience to explore what home means with music, word and digital artwork.  

SATURDAY 24 MARCH
13.30-16.30: The Party Somewhere Else Open House
A free drop in event to come and join in an ongoing conversation about women and diversity in the arts. Meet, mingle, listen, talk, laugh, and cry if you want to, while we discuss, create and wrestle with some key questions about what is important in getting diverse female stories on stage. Open to people of all genders all who wish to support female and non-binary voices being heard in the arts, and who have an interest in or represent the diverse spectrum of female experience in the arts - performers, creatives, and potential audience members. 

16.30-17.20: Bicycles and Fish, Katie Arnstein and Tangram Theatre
How I became a woman. A Period Piece. With Songs. 

18.45-19.35: The Luggage Thief, Leanne Davis
Rose needs to tell you her story but she’s worried you won’t believe her. A cautionary tale set at sea. Or for the better part, underneath it. Storytelling for grown-ups. 

20.30-21.30: The Full Bronte, Scary Little Girls
A Literary Cabaret about the Bronte Sisters.

The Party Somewhere Else website

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