Taking The Stage - Women in Performing Arts

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    Thursday, September 12th

    Event Summary

    An exciting symposium staged at MK Gallery from 12-14 September, celebrating and recognising inspirational local and national female professionals from the performing arts industry - including Julia Pascal and Caroline Devine.

    The symposium organised by Rosemary Hill, Artistic Director of Milton Keynes based professional theatre company ‘The Play’s The Thing’, will run alongside the powerful Paula Rego exhibition and
    host a range of exciting female lead performances, including a brand-new play entitled ‘Three Sisters’ written by Julia Pascal - the first female director at the National Theatre.

    The three-day event will showcase new work by talented emerging female playwrights such as Bruntwood Prize Judges Award winner, Chloe Todd Fordham; Wallis Hamilton Felton and ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ star, Shobu Kapoor.

    It will also explore the significant roles women play within the arts and provide insight into this fascinating industry through a series of panels discussions, which includes: actor and co-founder of ERA 50/50, Polly Kemp; Sue Parrish - Artistic Director and Producer at Sphinx Theatre; and sound artist and composer, Caroline Devine. Her work includes City of Things, which was part of The Lie of the Land exhibition at MK Gallery.

    Audience members will also get the opportunity to see a newly devised piece of theatre by young people from Milton Keynes alongside the infamous Haste Theatre Company.

    Rosemary Hill says: “The aim of our symposium is to not only showcase these talented women, but also to inspire, educate and empower the younger generation with a passion for the performing arts.

    “We’ve put together this strong programme to hear from inspirational women in theatre and witness great work from up and coming females, all of whom are changing our industry for the better. It also gives us the opportunity to show our commitment to continually push the boundaries for women in the arts for a more equal balance; and to kick start a fair future for the next generation.”

    The symposium has received funding from Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Arts Council England.

    Price: Varies

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    Mk Gallery
    900 Midsummer Boulevard
    Milton Keynes
    MK9 3QA

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