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Women’s Theater: Songlines

English: Sunset, from the Cumberland Arms, Byker

English: Sunset, from the Cumberland Arms, Byker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


My very talented friend Phyllis Christopher, whose pictures you might have seen on my blog from time to time, is working on a project in the U.K. that’s so exciting I’m sharing it here. Songlines is an installation piece created from interviews and conversations with women, primarily about the vast and inspiring ocean.Open Clasp Theatre  is a women’s company funded by…are you ready? The British Arts Council, among other governmental agencies. So, if you’re anywhere in England on the dates listed below, check it out, and if not, click on over to their website for inspiration.

Songlines takes place from Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th December at Byker Lives, 15 – 17 Raby Cross, Byker, Newcastle, NE6 2FF  from 11am – 4pm (late opening on Thursday until 7pm). It also takes place between Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th December at Crossroads Community Café, 54 Borough Rd, Middlesbrough, TS1 2JH from 11am – 3pm (late opening on Thursday until 7pm).

The piece was developed in collaboration with 26 women from minority communities from Byker Sands Centre – Sure Start East, Open Door North East and West End Women & Girls Centre, working alongside photographerPhyllis Christopher, visual artist Taryn Edmonds and filmmaker Kate Sweeney.

This installation is the final phase of  A Song To Sing project which informed the play The Space Between Us, portraying the experiences of women who are Czech/Roma, Slovak/Roma, Travellers, women seeking asylum who are refused and destitute, and Arabic women from Libya, Syria and Kuwait.

Oh, to be in England!


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