Hear Me Roar from Burn Bright

London theatre news: Wednesday 17 February 2021


Burn Bright will showcase seven premiere performances of new writings from talented women in a unique live event to be broadcast via Zoom in March.
Hear Me Roar - online from Burn Bright

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Hear Me Roar is a new online experience offering writers a chance to say the unsaid.

It is a unique live event from Burn Bright which marks the anniversary of lockdown-living and is scheduled to be broadcast via Zoom on Monday 22nd March at 8pm.

Using fury as a force for positive change, 'Hear Me Roar' shouts in the face of social injustice and champions women facing adversity.

The event features seven new plays, written and performed by Chantelle Dusette (Where de Mangoes Grow, Bunker Theatre), Gail Egbeson (Jollof Court, VAULT Festival), Sophie Galustian (Comedy: SKETCH, Soho Theatre), Tiwa Lade (RUSH, The Space), Lauren-Nicole Mayes (Coronation Street, ITV), Anna Morris (Lee and Dean, Channel 4) and Pegeen Murphy (Dreams For Our Daughters, Royal Exchange Theatre), and will be hosted by Burn Bright co-founder Tori Allen-Martin.

Inspired by the company's conception through injustice, the event demonstrates the company's commitment to platforming new voices and opening discussions.

Tori Allen-Martin explained ...

"So often women feel silenced, we look back at situations and wish we'd stuck up for ourselves.

We've been conditioned to be polite, to be 'sorry', to doubt ourselves.

With Hear Me Roar, we have created a safe space for women to say whatever it is that burns inside of them right now.

Sarah and I felt so supported when we went public about our experience and so many women shared similar experiences they'd had, it showed us that we weren't alone.

I'm so excited about our brilliant line up - there are so many women ready to roar and we are ready to listen.

Burn Bright are also thrilled to continue their Connect initiative, once again bringing together a series of online talks and networking opportunities.

The first peer networking event in the new programme successfully kicked off February, hosted by playwright Dawn King (Foxfinder).

The upcoming instalments will focus on dramaturgy and programming during the pandemic, respectively, with esteemed panelists including playwright Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story), and Artistic Directors, Tamara Harvey from Theatr Clwyd, and Traverse Theatre's Gareth Nicholls.

Aiding the personal and professional creative development for participants, the programme is an invaluable tool to connect likeminded individuals."

Here's the full line-up of upcoming events ...

'What Do Dramaturgs Do?' - Wednesday 17th February, 8pm

Tori is joined by writer Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story, West End; All the Things I Lied About, UK Tour), dramaturg Sarah Dickenson (LAMDA, RSC, Globe, LAMDA) and Anastasia Osei-Kuffour (Associate Director Theatre503, Typical - Soho Theatre) to discuss what dramaturgy is and how a dramaturg can help you develop your work from concept to staged production.

'Commissioning during Covid, Programming in a Pandemic: The Future for New Writing' - Wednesday 3rd March, 8pm

How are theatres programming in 2021 and what is the future for new writing in the UK following the COVID-19 pandemic? Artistic Directors, including Tamara Harvey (Theatr Clwyd) and Gareth Nicholls (Traverse Theatre) discuss their plans and outlook for this year and beyond.

Hear Me Roar - hosted by Tori Allen-Martin - Wednesday 22nd March, 8pm

Roaring at things that make us angry in society - join a cathartic evening of new writing, performance and an interview with acclaimed playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia, The Globe & West End).

A reflection on recent times, a meditation on wounds that need healing or just burn the whole house down!


Hear Me Roar tickets - £5.

Connect event tickets - £3.50 individually.

Book here.

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