Women & Theatre’s 30th anniversary celebrations culminate in an exciting new production, fittingly titled, For the Past 30 Years, at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from October 9 – 11 (press night Thursday 9 October, 8pm). The piece is not a history of the company, but a compelling collection of 6 monologues created from interviews with over 50 women who have also been doing their job for 30 years from 1984 to 2014.
Employees are often considered long-term if they remain in the same job for 5 years. Having the same job for 30 years is 6 times that accomplishment – definitely an achievement that calls for celebration. In the current climate of internships, zero hours contracts, disappearing pensions and the momentous changes to public services, For the Past 30 Yearsoffers a unique opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of women who have reached their professional ‘Pearl Anniversary’ milestone working in Theatre, Health, Community, Probation, Education, and Business sectors.
Combining the writing talents of Naylah Ahmed, Stephanie Dale, Katy Knight, Stephanie Ridings, Hannah Silva and Polly Wright, with fantastic performances from Lorna Laidlaw (BBC Doctors), Hema Mangoo (BBC Asian Network’s Silver Street) and Women & Theatre’s Artistic Director and founder member, Janice Connolly (C4 Phoenix Nights), For the Past 30 Years is a thought-provoking piece of theatre which examines the last 30 years, asking: what’s been lost and has anything been gained?
Women & Theatre is an award-winning Birmingham-based company, led by Janice Connolly (aka Barbara Nice), which has been pioneering new ways of addressing contemporary social issues through performance since 1984. Reactive to cultural and societal changes and focussing upon the human stories behind different subject matters, Women & Theatre produce work buzzing with the energy of people’s experience, delivering in its 30 years over 5000 performances and workshops with over 150,000 people of all ages and backgrounds.
Women & Theatre owes much of its longevity to the strong partnerships it has formed in the delivery of its artistic programme, which has seen theatre projects delivered within the contexts of health, education, community and probation – strands which are brought together in this new production.
For The Past 30 Years will be directed by Tessa Walker and Caroline Wilkes.
For the Past 30 Years
A new political piece of theatre that shines a light on the impact that economics, key events and government policies have had on the working lives of women over the last 30 years.
Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 October 2014
The DOOR, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, B1 2EP
Performance Times: 8pm Thu – Sat, matinee at 2.30pm on Sat 11 Oct
After Dark post-show discussion with the company: Fri 10 Oct
Tickets: £12 / £9 concessions
Box Office: 0121 236 4455 Online Booking: www.birmingham-rep.co.uk