Tuesday, 28 September 2010

How do we celebrate work?

So, after a lot of discussion, we've set some of our programming for the evening. Phew!

We're going to perform Harriet Tubman by May Miller and Blue Blood by Georgia Douglas Johnson. These short plays were written in the early 1900s, and were a part of a wave of the first Black women to have their plays published. 

SO. How often to we get to celebrate this kind of work, to even watch this work at a theatre? How many times do theatres dredge up yet another production of Hamlet, or The Crucible? Yes, these are great plays (in fact a couple of my favourites) but don't we need to programming to take risks and show us as an audience some variety? At the moment theatre audiences are dominated by the white upper class, and we need to tackle why people from other cross-sections of society are not embracing this art. Perhaps the under represented audience are looking for a play that speaks to them about their experiences, and a local or familiar space in which to sit comfortably in whilst watching a show. There are many different opinions, and we should wrestling over them in order to have an honest debate.

It's one thing to just complain about something (which I hope you don't think I'm doing) and another to actually do something yourself!

I am really looking forward to hearing the plays read at the read through.

Exciting stuff!


Amanda

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Going where we haven't gone before...

It's been a crazy couple of weeks! We've been arguing over plays and poems - it's so hard to pick and choose when you've only got one night! The truth is, that there is such a wealth of work by women writers, which is of course great news.


I am so excited about reading the new plays when they come through. The deadline is on Monday, so if you're still interested then there's still time. We're hoping to organise a post show talk also on the night so that the audience has a chance to pose questions about the work.


Dalston - we're coming!




Amanda

Monday, 6 September 2010

Welcome!


Welcome to the first blog of Our Place on the Stage. We are a collective of theatre practitioners, artists and musicians, bound by our commitment to producing exciting theatrical events that aim to give a voice to the left behind, and ask the questions no one else dares to. We actively seek to reach our communities and promote that theatre is for EVERYONE. 



Formed this year, Our Place on the Stage will host its first event during Black History month, in one of London’s most diverse Boroughs, Hackney.

Our Place on the Stage: A night of short plays and poems by Black Women writers
Thursday 28th October 2010, 7pm
Trinity Centre, Dalston

We are seeking to:
·         Produce work by some of the first ever Black Women to be published
·         Produce new work by emerging Black Women writers
·         Attract both new and regular theatre-goers, particularly people living in Hackney



The first wave of Black female playwrights wrote protest plays. These highly politicised and controversial works placed robust women at the heart of the narrative. Performed in intimate, busy and sweaty community venues such as Black-run social clubs, Church Halls and even sitting rooms, these plays explored the realities of women’s place in society.

We want to re-create the dangerous, high-stakes environment in which these plays were first performed. Can this even be achieved in 2010?

Put the date in your diaries, and erm.. SPREAD THE WORD!



Amanda


p.s


Our Place on the Stage are seeking submissions from Women playwrights who identify themselves as of Caribbean and/or African heritage. We’re offering writers the opportunity to have their work performed alongside two of the first plays to be published by Black Women writers during a unique and exciting night of plays and poetry.


You can register your interest by emailing us at ourplaceonthestage@gmail.com to be forwarded the writer's brief.

We are also seeking spoken word artists, poets and performers. If you would like to apply as a spoken word artist/performer please submit examples of your work (cv, weblinks, video etc)