Ladies’ Night: Our time to talk

Ladies! Have you been feeling angry, frustrated, sad, disappointed by these recent high profile cases we see on the news – stalking, illegal peeping cameras, sexual harassment on public transport, domestic violence… If yes, we hear you!

Ladies’ night: Our time to talk is a participatory theatre project that runs for 3 months. Every week, we will come together and hold a safe space for participants to voice their concerns. This is an intergenerational project meant to offer a platform for exchange – what did women have to go through in the 70s? Is there a glass ceiling for women? How do you tackle workplace harassment? How do you navigate unwanted sexual advances or online sexual harassment? We know it’s difficult to have all the answers so this project is meant to tap upon the collective intelligence of women in the group to support one another and create a safe space to address these entangled feelings and emotions.

Attempts on Attempts

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Attempts on Attempts is based on Martin Crimp’s Attempts on her life. This adaptation was staged at Central Saint Martins, Studio Theatre 30 Nov – 1 Dec. The actors are staff working across the university and this piece, Kinda Funny which I designed and directed, featured Shaun, the face of student services office at Central Saint Martins. This piece is about misogyny, racism and arms ownership set in an American white trash living room. The TV plays violent football game footages which then switches to CNN mass shooting news reports.

“It’s been twenty years since Crimp wrote this play. What’s changed? Less shootings? Less racism? Less extremism?”

The Head wrap Diaries by Uchenna Dance

Costume Designer

Performed at The Place, London. On tour around United Kingdom.

Habibat Ajayi, Shelia Attah & Shanelle Clemenson in Uchenna Dance’s The Head Wrap Diaries (photo © Foteini Christofilopoulou)

After Independence, Arcola Theatre

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★★★★ May Sumbwanyambe’s notable debut play, presented by those remarkable unearthers of new talent, Papatango.
—Evening Standard
★★★★ A debut of astonishing maturity…a rare discovery
—The Times
★★★★ A strong debut…Passionate performances
—Plays To See
★★★★ Beautifully crafted…Echoes of Chekhov
—Hackney Gazette
Highly intelligent and thoughtful…A writer of terrific potential.
—Daily Telegraph

Set painting, 2016

Images from Arcola Theatre