Sarah Chew and Molly Beth Morossa in association with Critical Mass launch the new mini season, to be held at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham between 13 and 25 March. Over the course of 13 days, the Beyond Borders Festival will look how we progress and deal with the current political climate and 'hard borders'.
Improbable Devoted and Disgruntled
Improbable present the Improbable Devoted and Disgruntled conference – asking 'What are we going to do about borders?'
Devoted & Disgruntled is a nationwide conversation about theatre and the performing arts, run by theatre company Improbable. Since 2006, Improbable has been using a process called Open Space Technology to facilitate these gatherings where everyone’s voice can be heard and no topic is censored. There are no key-note speakers and no fixed agenda – you decide what gets worked on at the event. If we’re going to change the world for the better, we all need time and space to collaborate on an equal footing. Devoted & Disgruntled is that time and space.
Tuesday 13 March from 6pm – FREE. Find out more here.
Drawing a veil
Talks and life drawing class led by #InkyLayla. When a woman wears the veil she is seen as oppressed. When Salome wears seven veils she's seen as sexy. Egyptian born artist Layla Mohamed / InkyLayla will lead new and experienced artists through a series of studies of models nude, veiled and somewhere in between, to explore our reactions to the veiled female form. Basic materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. No experience necessary. Contains nudity.
Thurs 15 March 7:00pm – £15. Find out more here.
Lipstick: a fairytale of modern Iran
Part theatre, part drag cabaret, Lipstick: a fairy tale of modern Iran is inspired by time writer/director Sarah Chew spent in Tehran during the Green Uprising of 2010.
When you observe atrocity, it can be a challenge to make the memories fit together. What was it you actually saw? What are you meant to do with it? What are you meant to do with the life you left behind?
Orla is about to open a drag club in London, but ends up in a revolution in Iran. By accident. Lipstick fuses storytelling, vaudeville, theatre, lip-synch and boylesque to explore what happened next.
This is a scratch performance which will be script-in-hand. Find out more about the show at lipstick.org.uk.
Fri 16 and Saturday 17 March – £6. Find out more here.
Amie Taylor: storytelling for 3-7 year-olds
Amie Taylor is a storyteller and theatremaker, and makes performance for both children and grown ups. She is also the Editor of The LGBTQ Arts Review. This event is aimed at 3-7 year olds and their families. It will take the fairytale elements of Lipstick as a starting point to exploring themes of cultural and gender integration, through storytelling, puppetry and creative play.
Sun 25 March 10:30am – £6. Find out more here.