London theatre news: Tuesday 16 June 2020
Open Air Theatre - Production companies - Projects
Damsel Productions will bring live theatre to audiences with Damsel Outdoors, a project that embraces theatre and performance outside.
As we all start to make our way outdoors for a breath of much-needed fresh air after weeks indoors, Damsel Productions seem to have caught the mood of the times with Damsel Outdoors - a project that embraces theatre and performance outside.
Their aim is to create new possibilities of bringing live theatre to audiences.
The pieces to be staged might be scenes, monologues, music, poetry and beyond - the only requirement is that the piece is enhanced by being outdoors, not hindered.
It is a chance for artists to explore the creative potentials of the outside, with no limitations on the subject matter.
The project is bringing together an all women and non-binary inclusive team of four writers, four directors, four designers and Damsel's two producers, Hannah Hauer-King and Kitty Wordsworth.
Damsel Outdoors is inherently collaborative and offers a chance to go back to basics and build powerful long-term connections.
Writers Abi Zakarian (Fabric), Benedict Lombe (rise from the wreckage), Iman Qureshi (The Funeral Director), and Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country's Good) will work alongside directors Abigail Graham (Carmen the Gypsy, Arcola theatre and tour), Beth Pitts (Spine, Soho Theatre and UK tour), Lakesha Arie-Angelo (soft animals, Soho Theatre), and Sita Thomas (The Rose and the Bulbul, Kadam).
Damsel is also including designers from the beginning of the project, as there is a particular dearth of opportunities for designers during these times.
Taking part are Anna Clock (I WANNA BE YOURS, The Albany, Bush Theatre and UK tour), Anna Reid (The Sweet Science of Bruising, Wilton's Music Hall), Khadija Raza (A History of Water in the Middle East, Royal Court Theatre), and Nicola Chang (White Pearl, Royal Court Theatre).
The company is working with councils within local communities to find accessible and exciting spaces to stage these pieces.
Dates and locations will be announced in late July, with plenty of warning and in line with government mandates and social distancing measures.
All the shows will be open for anyone to watch and free for all audience members.
Damsel Productions' Hannah Hauer-King and Kitty Wordsworth commented ...
"We have thought long and hard about what is a meaningful contribution during these difficult and strange times.
We landed upon Damsel Outdoors as an expression of what we love about theatre most: the live collective relationship between artists and their audiences.
As a small company, we are acutely aware of the limitations of our reach and just how many talented creatives are out there impacted by this pandemic.
We hope this will be the start of many future outdoor projects to come, that include as many fantastic artists as possible.
See you Outdoors!"
Co-Creators - Hannah Hauer-King, Kitty Wordsworth
Writers - Abi Zakarian, Benedict Lombe, Iman Qureshi, Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directors - Abigail Graham, Beth Pitts, Lakesha Arie-Angelo, Sita Thomas
Designers - Anna Clock, Anna Reid, Khadija Raza, Nicola Chang
To be announced
Late July/ August 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
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