Maiden Speech at Theatre N16

London theatre news: Wednesday 20 September 2017

Feminism - Festivals - Multi-art

From dark comedy to lip-sync, Shakespearean cabaret to rap, Maiden Speech is a new and exciting feminist theatre festival featuring a varied selection of original works exploring feminism today - 10 to 21 October 2017.
Maiden Speech

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From dark comedy to lip-sync, Shakespearean cabaret to rap, Maiden Speech is a new and exciting feminist theatre festival featuring a varied selection of original works exploring feminism today.

Bringing together ten exciting emerging artists, Maiden Speech promises to be a festival that entertains and provokes, engaging with questions of feminism and sexuality through a myriad of stories and styles.

Brought to you by a team of recent Mountview graduates, each with their own distinct approach to feminism and theatre, this festival marks the first time these nine pieces have been performed on a London stage.

Festival shows include face-paced dark comedy Daisy, like the flower; hilarious and heart-breaking one-woman show Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks; musical one-woman show about sexuality and social conformity Inside Out; lip-sync comedy (RE)Play; one-woman hip hop show in verse The White Feminist's Guide to Sex and Hip Hop; a one-woman show re-inventing the classic 90s film Pulp Fiction; sisterly sex talk Ma, Am I Good in Bed?; re-imagined fairy-tale with acapella Norwegian folk music Sisters of the Sea: The Little Mermaid Retold; and new Shakespeare-inspired cabaret Much Ado About Hero.

Sherrill Gow, Artistic Mentor, says:

"Maiden Speech unites a group of young artists, who explore and grapple with gender and sexuality in different ways; the outcomes are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes messy and sometimes unable to solve the problems presented on stage."

Sherrill is currently Senior Acting Tutor and MA Supervisor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Here are some brief details about the shows and their performance dates ...

Inside Out - 11th, 13th & 14th October

by Christina Bloom

A show about discovering identity and defying stereotypes in a world that insists upon boxing, packaging, and labelling.

Christina Bloom shares her experience with matters of the heart in this thought-provoking look at sexuality through the eyes of a one-woman, 'one-man' band.

This show explores the cruelty of life, while celebrating small victories and progress towards acceptance.

(Re)Play - 11th, 13th & 19th October

by Rachel Causer

(RE)Play is a lip-sync show about women and what they choose to say: one woman, Rachel, and the funny women she's been trying to channel her whole life.

As we revisit defining moments of Rachel's womanhood from her teens to twenties, she will need to call upon the voices of her personal heroines. 

(RE)Play explores how Rachel's understanding of sexuality, body image and general self-worth have been formed by the words of her favourite female social commentators - and how sometimes they just aren't enough to keep out everything else she's been hearing.

The White Feminist's Guide to Sex and Hip Hop - 12th & 14th October

by Roxanne Bourges

Firstly: She loves hip hop. Deeply.

Secondly: She is white. Very.

Third of all: She hates when people say thirdly.

Fourthly: She does sex. Bisexually.

Finally: She has discovered feminism. Revolutionary!

A one woman comedy show in verse, that explores hip hop, sex, feminism, and cultural appropriation through the eyes of a privileged white girl.

Pulp Fiction: The One Woman Show - 12th, 14th & 18th October

by Niamh Watson

Get ready to be transported back to early 90s Los Angeles.

This one woman show breathes life back into the cult classic Pulp Fiction.

Expect gangsters, drugs, danger, and a mysterious briefcase accompanied only by a damn good soundtrack.

Daisy, like the Flower - 10th, 20th & 21st October

by Ashleigh Laurence

Daisy is abrasive, brash, and foul-mouthed.

Ren is kind-hearted, softly spoken, and frankly, a bit dim.

But to assume that this sums them up would be folly: these women are untamed and unashamed to say exactly what they're thinking, which doesn't always go down well.

This fast-paced, dark comedy explores the lengths that friends will go to for each other and challenges the unconscious bias people may have when seeing a particular 'type of woman' on stage.

Sisters of the Sea: The Little Mermaid Retold - 14th, 17th & 21st October

by Mina Dahle

This new adaptation of The Little Mermaid takes us back to the classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen.

Norwegian folk music provides a stunning backdrop to this reimagining of the haunting, tragic tale in which a young mermaid sacrifices her life in return for a human soul.

Ma, Am I Good In Bed? - 14th, 18th & 21st October

by Roisin and Sinead Bevan

Some things you should only ever say to your sister.

The Duffy girls wanted to be sexy.

They wanted to be good at sex.

When they actually started having sex, they quickly realised they were neither sexy, nor particularly good at it.

To their dismay, the world of sex is bloody complicated.

Ma, Am I Good In Bed? is a hilarious and honest conversation between two sisters who just really need each other.

Much Ado About Hero - 17th, 19th & 21st October

by Lexi Clare

"One doth not know how much an ill word may empoison liking."

Hero is a young woman navigating her way through sixteenth-century life and having a rather difficult time of it.

This new musical work re-examines Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, questioning marriage, choice, duty and femalefriendship.

Music and Lyrics by Amy Le Rossignol and Lexi Clare.


Theatre N16

77 Bedford Hill

London SW12 9HD


12 to 21 October 2017

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm and 8-20pm

Saturday matinees at 3pm, 4pm and 6-30pm


1 show £10

2 Shows: £15 (Not applicable for the same show)

3 Shows: £20 (Not applicable for the same show)

Festival Pass: £25 (See as many shows you like)

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