The Women's Writes Online Fest has now finished! We showcased the work of 5 female-identifying playwrights with 5 short plays in one 75 minute fest featuring the work of Lily Bevan, Martha Watson Allpress, Marylou DiPietro, Alina Rios and Rosanne Stewart.
The Online Fest has been nominated by OffWestend for an ONCOMM award, was included in the 'Hottest front room seats; The best Theatre and Dance to stream online' by The Guardian and named 'Politically and socially imperative for today's audience' by London Theatre Reviews. Writer Martha Watson Allpress said 'It's ambition is to amplify female-identifying playwrights to create a platform for those voices that have gone unheard' in a Q&A in The Stage Newspaper and finally DIVA Magazine announced that we made for "...an empowering start to 2021, an Online Festival where womxn's voices will be heard loud and clear."
Women's Writes Presents The Women's Writes Online Festival
With thanks to The Arcola Theatre, Arcola Technicians Alex Farrell & Martin Young, everyone at Wildcard Theatre, Kimberley at London Playwrights Blog, Victoria at BFI Southbank, Futures Theatre, Sophie at DIVA Magazine, Giverny at The Stage and to the Women's Writes Community for their support of the festival....
5 short 15 minute plays written by womxn writers in one 75 minute fest. Filmed and edited by Amber Rose Morgan Films
Bride by Lily Bevan
Sam has married the love of her life. But, her partners identity may come as a surprise…
Lily’s plays include; ‘The French Welcome - a feminine response to Dr Faustus’ for The Globe Theatre, ‘Pheasant Plucker’ for Underbelly/ The Bush and Mock Tudor for The Pleasance/ Theatre 503.
Performed by Charlotte Randle, Directed by Beth Wilson
Sound Design by Chris Green
Yellow Bricks by Rosanne Stewart
A school girl stands at a bus stop. Catcalled by a passing van, this time - she shouts back. Why haven’t things changed since the day they made Dorothy follow those yellow bricks?
Yellow Bricks is Rosanne’s debut play
Performed by Sophie McQuillan, Directed by Leah Fogo
Sound Design by Scott Stait
CALL ME MAYBE by Martha Watson Allpress
Lottie is killing time in a hospital waiting room. On the other side of the wall someone she loves is dying. And she’s really not fussed. CALL ME MAYBE explores moral grey areas and the sheer complexity of human bonds.
Martha’s debut show Patricia Get’s Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her) sold out it’s run at VAULT 2020 and will be transferring with the Pleasance to Edinburgh Fringe 2021. She’s also currently on attachment with Hightide under their playwright support program.
Written & Performed by Martha Watson Allpress, Directed by Alessandra Davison
In Love with Cancer by Marylou DiPietro
A woman’s worst fear becomes her reality. Faced with a mastectomy, she questions how society views her breasts and how, actually it’s shame that needs to be lopped off. An incredible story about the power of a breast cancer survivor.
Marylou's plays include Bone on Bone for New Jersey Rep and Cold Water Flat for the Manhattan Rep Theater
Performed by Hannah Mary Dando, Directed by Becky Harrison
We're people too by Alina Rios
A single mother struggling with postpartum depression decides to go out for her first coffee since her baby was born. An honest look at Motherhood.
Alina is a poet and playwright with her work featuring in the Crosswinds Poetry Journal, NEON and Rust & Moth. Her short plays include; Plan C for Slackline Productions and Touch Me for Nylon Fusion Theatre, New York.
Performed by Oyinka Yusuff, Directed by Melissa-Kelly Franklin