Miles Apart Together at Vault Festival

London theatre news: Friday 17 January 2020

Festivals - Off-West End - Shows

As increasing numbers of women take top roles in politics, tech, sport and beyond, 3 of history's ground-breaking pioneers come together to reflect on how much - or how little - has changed since they tore apart the rule book.
Miles Apart Together at The Vaults

Image: The Vaults

Playing at Vault Festival from 17 to 22 March 2020, Miles Apart Together

sees Bessie Coleman, the first woman of African American descent to hold a pilot license, Junko Tabei, the first woman to reach the peak of Mount Everest, and Annie Londonderry Kopchovsky, a Latvian immigrant and the first woman to cycle around the world, sit down for one night only for a live recording of a podcast, in which they share and relive their unprecedented feats.

The achievements of Bessie, Junko and Annie became milestones in the path towards women's rights and freedom, challenging the assumption that the 'fairer sex' lacks the physical and mental stamina for big deeds.

In their playful take on a 'podcast', an industry in which women's conversations lead the way, Paper Smokers unite these three remarkable women across generations and do away with ideas of timidity and fragility.

Company Co-Founder Cecilia Gragnani said ...

"A recent estimate from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots says that there are about 4,000 women pilots worldwide, of about 130,000: that's just over 3%.

There are so few non-white female pilots that they are not even a percentage.

Still today women have to work twice as hard as men to get the recognition they deserve.

Still today men are encouraged to explore, be bold and adventurous while girls are encouraged to be quiet and good.

When asked to draw an engineer, a firefighter, a doctor, children mainly draw male figures.

Annie, Junko and Bessie are outstanding examples of how we can fight to change these preconceptions."

About the company

Paper Smokers is a London based international collective of storytellers producing film, theatre and installations.

The company strongly believe in the value of international collaboration and the coming together of artists from different backgrounds as precious tools to interpret today's world.

They share stories of outsiders and focus on work that is multilingual, transnational and exists across borders.

With Katharina Reinthaller they developed the show Diary of an Expat, which was warmly received at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Show listing information


“The air is the only place that is free from prejudice”. Bessie Coleman

They said she couldn't do it but she could.

From going around the world on a bicycle to doing spectacular airshows or climbing the highest mountains on earth, Annie "Londonderry" Kopchovsky, Bessie Coleman and Junko Tabei fought the prejudice and scepticism that surrounded them.

Their achievements became milestones in the path towards women's rights and freedom, challenging the assumption that the "fairer sex" lacks the physical and mental stamina for big deeds.

Though their adventures were as breathtaking, spellbinding and phenomenal as their male counterparts, where are their stories now?

For one night only Annie, Bessie and Junko come back for the live recording of the podcast "Miles Apart Together" and share their stories.


Bessie Coleman - Jade-Marie Joseph

Junko Tabei - Meg Kubota

Annie Londonderry - Kopchovsky Adi Lerer



Conceived by Cecilia Gragnani & Katharina Reinthaller

Written with Emma Dennis-Edwards

Devised with Jade-Marie Joseph, Meg Kubota and Adi Lerer

Production: Paper Smokers


The Vaults - Studio
Leake Street


From: Tuesday 17 March 2020

Closed: Sunday 22 March 2020


Standard: From £10

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Paper Smokers' website

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