Conquest at The Bunker
Monday 14 May 2018
Off-West End - Shows
Following a 5 star run at VAULT Festival, this "timely, humorous look at feminism, period- shaming and the glaring issues of a patriarchal society" (A Younger Theatre) transfers to The Bunker for two weeks only.
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Described as Fight Club meets Calendar Girls, Conquest is a funny and honest exploration of sexual consent and the minefield of today's feminism.
The show plays at The Bunker from 29 May to 9 June.
After an Arts Council England supported R&D period, the show had its first outing as part of The Shape of Things to Come - a festival of work in development curated by Camden People's Theatre.
The finished show premiered at VAULT Festival in February 2018.
Conquest is the second full length play from Katie Caden, following Are You Happy Now at Camden People's Theatre in 2015.
That show was shortlisted for Lyric Hammersmith's Original Voices Scheme.
She has also had short plays performed at Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse as part of Little Pieces of Gold, and scratched work at Battersea Arts Centre.
On developing Conquest, Katie says ...
"The idea originated from a personal experience, one that I was reluctant to label sexual assault, but still had made me feel very uncomfortable.
I wanted to write a play about women talking about sexual assault when I realised how common it is and how few women talk about it.
It's amazing how far we've come even since I started writing the show. The #MeToo movement, as well as the Aziz Ansari story show that we are starting to realise the scale of the problem of inequality when it comes to sex.
The show really taps in to those conversations as well as taking stock of where feminism currently looks like."
Conquest is directed by Jess Daniels, whose previous works include the award-winning The Many Crimes of Hector Cartwright (VAULT Festival) and The State We're In (Theatre503) as well as Resident Director on the Olivier award-winning Girl From the North Country (Old Vic/West End).
Jess comments ...
"I was first drawn to this script because of Katie's ability to weave a fascinating story whilst never sticking to 'conventional' storytelling.
The play delicately balances really articulate discussions on sexual harassment and consent in a brilliantly accessible way.
It's thought provoking, but also very funny and it has been such an exciting challenge to bring to life."
A chance meeting in a pharmacy.
Alice is looking for the morning after pill.
Instead she meets Jo, and is drawn into a world of radical, female activism.
Welcome to Conquest: the world's first revenge cupcake company.
Conquest is a funny and honest exploration of sexual consent and the minefield of today's feminism.
With sex education repeatedly on the agenda in parliament and evidence of sexual misconduct continually re-surfacing in the media, this is a timely piece reflecting on consent and the inequalities women still face in the bedroom.
Lucy Walker-Evans - Alice
Colette Eaton - Jo
Author: Katie Caden
Director: Jessica Daniels
Production: Rachael Smith, PearShaped
From: Tuesday 29 May 2018
Closed: Saturday 9 June 2018
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