Hi there Baztecs! (too weird? Sorry.) I know right? Two Blog posts in a week! Well, it’s only because we love you all so much – and like the ‘fun aunt’ we’ll keep going with the treats until there is an Augustus Gloop type situation. We are looking forward to that. Anyway, we here at Baz like to chat and share what we are up to, and how we respond to modern British theatre: what it encourages and what it lacks, and thought this Baz Blog should be shining a light on positive signals and flares coming from the theatre world – and things that get Baz excited and pleased to be part of the landscape. Bullet points ahoy!
Emma Rice at the Globe putting her best foot forward with a season featuring no less than four female directors for her opening tenure: go Emma! http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/latest-news/article/item347589/emma-rice-reveals-globe-wonder-season/ (we are particularly interested in the new Cymbeline reworking that focuses on the daughter. Three times more lines than the King – inconcieaveble!)
The Tate Modern gets its first-ever-in-the-history-of ever female director in Francis Morris http://www.a-n.co.uk/news/new-director-of-tate-modern-announced (Baz heard this name on the radio and assumed it was another male appointment and then nearly spat tea everywhere) Fantastic to have a woman running a big building in central London, looking forward for visiting + inspirations very soon.
The always brilliant Tonic Theatre are running an excellent event under the fantastic stewardship of Lucy Kerbel, Tonic Celebrates, which looks to be abother galvanising, and hopeful exploration of women in theatre today, expect Henry V level stirrings soldier pre-Agincourt style: Baz has certainly got their tickets:
Another hot ticket event, this time at RADA as part of their annual festival, and connected to their brilliant ‘Women at RADA’ programme, Emma Rice, Lucy Kerbel and Bonnie Greer host a discussion titled ‘Sisterhood’ (we love this already) discussing the female experience in theatre: https://www.rada.ac.uk/whats-on/rada-festival/all-festival-events/2022
A forever shout out to the all round good folk/fiercely talented/ dedicated/ samaritans/warroriors at Act For Change working to banish theatre inequality based on gender, race, sexuality, and disability are a treasure trove of sources of material, wonderful events and talks and the latest news: http://www.act-for-change.com
And another shoutout to the fantastic work that the fantastic people at Sphinx Theatre produce, with regular groundbreaking shows, talks and salons on tackling how 52% of the population speak for such a small number of voices in the arts http://www.sphinxtheatre.co.uk and also to Talawa Theatre Company with vibrant, important work and opportunites always reaching out to the BAME community, and with an wonderful version of King Lear in Birmingham and a smash with Theresa Ikoko’s Girls, it has remained a touchstone of emerging talent and new writing: http://www.talawa.com/about/ and the same can certainly be said of Tamasha Theatre http://www.tamasha.org.uk who continue to offer wonderful opportunities for new writers and work about the multiculturalism of Britain today.
As we await Glenda Jackson's surely awesome performance as Queen Lear (we are literally in the queue and it opens at the Old Vic in October) we learned with this article just how many actresses have played the role before, though under the radar: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/actors/glenda-jackson-to-star-as-king-lear/
- How could we ignore the momentous occasion that is an female Henry V about to open at the Open Air Theatre in honour of Shakespeare 400 and bound to be every bit of a chest-bump as the original as well as a pleasing reversal of the Shakespearian male: female ratio.
- And finally, Bechdel Theatre's awesome work and aims are surpassed by their new venture of recommending Bechdel-passing theatre, setting a date, visiting in a group then discussing it afterwards with the actors, writers and directors. Like some kind of awesome book club but with moving people – the next one in in July: https://bechdeltheatre.com/bechdel-theatre-festival/
There. That should sort of set you up, for forever. No need to thank us (there’s no expectation, really, so bin that box of chocolates idea...really) just do so by getting out there and experiencing the art, the culture and the something a little bit off the main path. Then talk about it, gesticulating wildly with red wine in hand. Everyone’s a winner. Just remember white wine doesn’t get red wine out of cotton. That’s a myth.
Just a tip.
Happy theatre-ing! You lucky so-and-sos.