Damsel Outdoors festival announced

London theatre news: Thursday 6 August 2020

Festivals - Open Air Theatre

Presented this month at locations across the capital, Damsel Outdoors will include four new pieces of theatre from an all women and non-binary inclusive team.
Graphic image for Damsel Outdoors festival

Image courtesy Damsel Productions

Damsel Outdoors takes place between 13 and 23 August in locations including Portobello Road and Bankside as four new pieces of theatre are staged across London.

This collaborative project from Damsel Productions sports an all women and non-binary inclusive team and offers a chance for the artists to explore the creative potentials of the outside, with no limitations on the subject matter.

Damsel has worked with local authorities and communities to find accessible and exciting spaces to stage these four pieces - the full schedule (including locations) is given below.

The festival will be in line with government guidelines including social distancing and the shows will be open for anyone to watch and free for all audience members.

It all kicks-off on Thursday 13th August when the Damsel Green creative team will come to Under the Canopy, Portobello Road.

Directed by Abigail Graham (Carmen the Gypsy, Arcola theatre and tour) and designed by Anna Clock (I WANNA BE YOURS, The Albany, Bush Theatre and UK tour), Take Back Control The Virus by Iman Qureshi (The Funeral Director) plays with the contradiction of rising anti-immigration sentiment in a Britain heavily reliant on frontline services dominated by immigrant workers.

The Damsel Blue creative team will take to the stage on a park bench in Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith on Monday 17th August.

Vixen from Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country's Good) is a piercing look at identity politics and stigma through the persona of a wandering vixen.

It is directed by Sita Thomas (The Rose and the Bulbul, Kadam) with design by Anna Reid (The Sweet Science of Bruising, Wilton's Music Hall).

Transcendent from the Damsel Yellow team will open outside the Tate Modern on Bankside on Friday 21st August.

Benedict Lombe's (rise from the wreckage) piece is a lyrical celebration of Black Love fusing song, rap and poetry, all through the eyes of a couple grappling with a future in a world dominated by racial injustice.

It is directed by Beth Pitts (Spine, Soho Theatre and UK tour) and designed by Khadija Raza (A History of Water in the Middle East, Royal Court Theatre).

Damsel Pink concludes the Damsel Outdoors festival with Clapped by Abi Zakarian (Fabric) on Sunday 23rd August at Giffin Square in Deptford.

Directed by Lakesha Arie-Angelo (soft animals, Soho Theatre) with design by Nicola Chang (White Pearl, Royal Court Theatre), Clapped is a provocative interrogation of culpability and hypocrisy of a Britain clapping for its NHS, as growing protests fight to be heard.

Damsel Productions' Hannah Hauer-King and Kitty Wordsworth said ...

"We are thrilled to have confirmed four locations in different communities across London.

Damsel has a pre-existing relationship with the Westway Trust, Southwark and Hammersmith & Fulham, and is excited to get to know Lewisham through these performances.

Though our locations differ, we have been excited by a uniting theme across the work: an outcry against the racial and social injustices amplified by the current pandemic, and an articulated need for community and solidarity."


Take Back Control The Virus

Thursday 13th August 2020, 5pm and 6pm

Under the Canopy, Portobello Road (Kensington & Chelsea)


Monday 17th August 2020, 3pm and 4pm

A park bench, Ravenscourt Park (Hammersmith & Fulham)


Friday 21st August 2020, 3pm and 4pm

Outside the Tate Modern, Bankside (Southwark)


Sunday 23rd August 2020, 3pm and 4pm

Giffin Square, Deptford (Lewisham)

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

Producers - Damsel Productions


Damsel Productions

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