Maiden Speech Festival 2018


Monday 8 October 2018


Emerging talent - New writing

A dynamic and exciting theatre festival staging brand new work by emerging theatremakers, Maiden Speech returns bigger and bolder than ever ... and with bite!
Maiden Speech Festival 2018 at the Tristan Bates Theatre

Image: Lexi Clare Productions


Maiden Speech is a dynamic and exciting theatre festival staging brand new work by emerging theatremakers.


Now in its second year, the festival returns with 16 new shows, championing new work that engages with themes of gender, sexuality, and identity through a myriad of stories and styles.


The 2018 season brings together more than 40 emerging creatives for a two-week run from the 27 November to 8 December at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden.


Producer Lexi Clare says ...


" Maiden Speech emerged from a desire to promote positive change within the theatre industry and to give life to exciting new work being developed by emerging artists.


Maiden Speech was named to reflect the festival's emphasis on new work and change-making agenda, but also to honour the late Jo Cox, whose life and legacy has had an enormous impact on my resolve to actively become an agent of change."


In 2018, the festival will present drag performance as well as dark comedy, cabaret and spoken word, solo shows and much more.


Maiden Speech is committed to challenging the representation of women in theatre, with an entirely female-identifying production team and 87% of the programme created by female-identifying artists.


The production team is also entirely comprised of theatre-makers who identify as LGBT+.


This year, Maiden Speech are using their platform to raise funds for Stonewall, an organisation that campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people across Britain.


Here's the festival schedule (link below to the Tristan Bates Theatre to book tickets):


Tuesday 27 November


7.45pm - 8.30pm: Dirty Laundry by Wallis Hamilton Felton

8.45pm - 9.30pm: DOTS by Annie Cheung

9.40pm - 10.15pm: Hear Me Out by Kayla Feldman


Wednesday 28 November


7.45pm - 8.30pm: Tumours by Ashleigh Laurence

8.45pm - 9.30pm: When It Happens by Rachel Causer

9.40pm - 10.15pm: Sincerely, Jodie by Roxane Bourges


Thursday 29 November


7.45pm - 8.30pm: The List by Lucy Park

8.45pm - 9.20pm: Hear Me Out by Kayla Feldman

9.30pm - 10.15pm: Panel Discussion: Exploring Sexual Assault On Stage


Friday 30 November


7.45pm - 8.30pm: Becoming The Invisible Woman by Sarah Wanendeya

8.45pm - 9.30pm: Hero Win by Anna North

9.40pm - 10.15pm: The Revelation Of A Sad Christian Boy by Mark McCredie


Saturday 1 December (Afternoon)


3.30pm - 4.15pm: DOTS by Annie Cheung

4.30pm - 5.15pm: The List by Lucy Park


Saturday 1 December (Evening)


7.45pm - 8.30pm: A Sticky Season by Jack Donald

8.45pm - 9.30pm: Minor Disruptions by Katie Paterson

9.40pm - 10.15pm: Crystal Bollix presents the Bitch Ball by Alexandra Christle


Sunday 2 December (Afternoon)


3.00pm - 3.45pm: When It Happens by Rachel Causer

4.00pm - 4.45pm: Lover, Whore or Handmaiden? by Georgina Armfield

4.55pm - 5.30pm: Panel Discussion: Reinventing the Classical Canon

5.45pm - 6.30pm: Minor Disruptions by Katie Paterson


Sunday 2 December (Evening)


7.45pm - 8.30pm: Dirty Laundry by Wallis Hamilton Felton

8.45pm - 9.30pm: Panel Discussion: The Actor as Creator (and Q+A with Maiden Speech writers)

9.40pm - 10.15pm: The Bitch Manifesto by Emma Hough


Tuesday 4 December


7.45pm - 8.30pm: Tumours by Ashleigh Laurence

8.45pm - 9.30pm: Me, Mum & The Patriarchy by Keeley Lane

9.40pm - 10.15pm: Collective Workshop: Playwriting and the Regions


Wednesday 5 December


7.45pm - 8.30pm: Becoming The Invisible Woman by Sarah Wanendeya

8.45pm - 9.30pm: When It Happens by Rachel Causer

9.40pm - 10.15pm: Sincerely, Jodie by Roxane Bourges


Thursday 6 December


7.45pm - 8.30pm: Tumours by Ashleigh Laurence

8.45pm - 9.30pm: The List by Lucy Park

9.40pm - 10.15pm: The Revelation Of A Sad Christian Boy by Mark McCredie


Friday 7 December


7.45pm - 8.30pm: Me, Mum & The Patriarchy by Keeley Lane

8.45pm - 9.20pm: Hero Win by Anna North

9.30pm - 10.15pm: The Bitch Manifesto by Emma Hough


Saturday 8 December (Afternoon)


Lover, Whore, or Handmaiden? by Georgina Armfield

3.30pm - 4.15pm: Lover, Whore, or Handmaiden? by Georgina Armfield

4.30pm - 5.15pm: A Sticky Season by Jack Donald


Saturday 8 December (Evening)


7.45pm - 8.30pm: Dirty Laundry by Wallis Hamilton Felton

8.45pm - 9.30pm: Hear Me Out by Kayla Feldman

9.40pm - 10.15pm: Crystal Bollix presents the Bitch Ball by Alexandra Christle


Venue


Tristan Bates Theatre

1a Tower Street

London WC2H 9NP


Dates


Tuesday 27 November to Saturday 8 December 2018


Tickets


Individual Performance: £7.50

Evening/Matinee Pass: £15.00

Festival Pass: £27.50


Links

Tristan Bates Theatre

Lexi Clare Productions


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