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Ravens, 2014
Ravens, 2014

Director: Helen Tennison Producer: Matthew Gale Supported by the British International Theatre Endowment.

Ravens, 2014
Ravens, 2014

Director: Helen Tennison Producer: Matthew Gale Supported by the British International Theatre Endowment.

Ravens, 2014
Ravens, 2014

Director: Helen Tennison Producer: Matthew Gale Supported by the British International Theatre Endowment.

Ravens, 2014
Ravens, 2014

Director: Helen Tennison Producer: Matthew Gale Supported by the British International Theatre Endowment.

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Ravens was devised at the University of South Florida in 2014, and is written for a cast of nine women. 

 

The two-act play traces the story of three American women across three different eras:

 

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Ellen Schafer supports travellers escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad in East Tennessee ; in 1927 Harlem, African-American Cabaret Arist Ida Milsom falls in love with a young white woman from the wealthy side of Manhatten; and in contemporary Florida, a Cuban family's traditional views of womanhood are challenged.

 

Ravens is an exploration of young womens' lives in relation to tradition, class, love, race, and sexuality. The raven is used as a motif, symbolic of transformation, as according to its place in Native American lore.

 

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Culling, 2013-2014
Culling, 2013-2014

Film Director: David Trevail Acting Director: Helen Tennison Producers: Kate Kerrow & Rebecca Mordan, SLG Productions This film is now in post-production.

Culling, 2013-2014
Culling, 2013-2014

Film Director: David Trevail Acting Director: Helen Tennison Producers: Kate Kerrow & Rebecca Mordan, SLG Productions This film is now in post-production.

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Set in London c. 2020, Culling explores British society under increased economic pressure due to a contagious viral strain. The development of a cure by injection has been costly and resources are limited.

 

An allocation system has been devised whereby citizens are given hierarchical status according to their occupation. This system dictates who receives the injection first.

 

The film investigates the effect of this on the prison system. Criminals have been categorised; the greater the crime, the higher the category. Those in the highest category must pass a short interview with a Tester in order to receive the injection.

 

Culling begins when Robin Howarth, prisoner, meets the woman he believes to be a doctor, the person he believes will administer his cure. Instead, he meets an imposter searching for a loved one, accidentally finding herself in the most disturbing moral position she could ever imagine.

 

For Books' Sake, 2012 - Present
For Books' Sake, 2012 - Present

“The site is brilliantly written, insightful, influential and powerful. Book-lovers and lady likers will emerge from a plunge into For Books’ Sake with a handful of new reading and writing recommendations, a head full of new ideas and a refreshed sense of women’s genius. Get behind this amazing group of women: For Books’ Sake should be a paper magazine, cultural festival, a TV and radio network, a prize scheme and a full-on touring roadshow with a free big-bonus raffle and tombola.” – Bidisha

Interview with Shereen El Feki
Interview with Shereen El Feki

Shereen El Feki is a writer, broadcaster and academic. Former vice-chair of the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law, she is also an award-winning journalist and a TED Global Fellow. In her new book, Sex and the Citadel, she uses sexuality as a lens through which to explore the changing Arab world, noting how the larger forces of politics, economics, religion, tradition and gender shape attitudes to sex. (Photo by Ulrike Leyens)

Lucy Kerbel, Tonic Theatre
Lucy Kerbel, Tonic Theatre

Lucy Kerbel is the Director of Tonic Theatre. The company was created in 2011 and seeks to support the theatre industry in finding ways to achieve greater gender equality in its workforces and repertoires.

For Books' Sake, 2012 - Present
For Books' Sake, 2012 - Present

“The site is brilliantly written, insightful, influential and powerful. Book-lovers and lady likers will emerge from a plunge into For Books’ Sake with a handful of new reading and writing recommendations, a head full of new ideas and a refreshed sense of women’s genius. Get behind this amazing group of women: For Books’ Sake should be a paper magazine, cultural festival, a TV and radio network, a prize scheme and a full-on touring roadshow with a free big-bonus raffle and tombola.” – Bidisha

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Founded in 2010, For Books' Sake is an intelligent but irreverent UK webzine dedicated to promoting and celebrating writing by women.

 

As the Contributing Editor for Theatre, TV and Film, I have had the privilege of interviewing some of the UK's most exciting women writers.

Black Maria, 2011-2014
Black Maria, 2011-2014

After Research and Development in September 2013, 'Black Maria' is in editing stages. The play has been supported by the findings of I.S.Herdman, author of 'Execution By Presumption', who helped guide me through my two years of research on this project.

Black Maria, 2011-2014
Black Maria, 2011-2014

After Research and Development in September 2013, 'Black Maria' is in editing stages. The play has been supported by the findings of I.S.Herdman, author of 'Execution By Presumption', who helped guide me through my two years of research on this project.

Black Maria, 2011-2014
Black Maria, 2011-2014

After Research and Development in September 2013, 'Black Maria' is in editing stages. The play has been supported by the findings of I.S.Herdman, author of 'Execution By Presumption', who helped guide me through my two years of research on this project.

Black Maria, 2011-2014
Black Maria, 2011-2014

After Research and Development in September 2013, 'Black Maria' is in editing stages. The play has been supported by the findings of I.S.Herdman, author of 'Execution By Presumption', who helped guide me through my two years of research on this project.

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Black Maria is a two-act play based on the life of Mary Ann Cotton, a woman convicted of serial murder by poisoning in the late 19th century.

 

Academics and researchers are now questioning the legitimacy of her trial, and pointing to the power of the press campaign surrounding the case.

 

The play investigates the role of the media in dispersing interpretive narratives. This is an exploration of the dark side of the Victorian press, and the power of myth and narrative.

 

Using verbatim testimonies and new research on the case, the play aims to challenge perception and investigate the real legacy of a fascinating historical event.

 

 

Stage Rights!, 2013
Stage Rights!, 2013

Director: Rebecca Mordan Producer: Naomi Paxton and Rebecca Mordan "Everybody's talking about this" The Independent

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Stage Rights!, 2013
Stage Rights!, 2013

Director: Rebecca Mordan Producer: Naomi Paxton and Rebecca Mordan "Everybody's talking about this" The Independent

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In 2013, Methuen published The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays by researcher, actress and academic Naomi Paxton.

 

The collection celebrates a small-but-perfectly-formed selection of the huge variety of plays which were created by the Actresses’ Franchise League from 1908 – 14. 

 

To celebrate the launch of this exciting collection, Paxton teamed up with SLG Productions to present a promenade performance through London's Theatre Land. The performance included work from the collection, as well as showcasing work from contemporary women writers. It featured a beautiful performance of 'The Sleepless Woman', a character piece exploring the life of a suffragette on the night of the 1912 Census.

 

You can read more about the event in my article here.

 

 

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Living Literature Events,

2007 - Present

 

These are site-specific events produced by 

Scary Little Girls: part self-guided tour, part promenade performance.

 

Audiences are given a specially written route to follow, which not only directions them but also points out hints and histories about where they are, and as they walk they encounter actors who perform poems or short extracts of prose as short-plays.

 

 

 

Kindred Skin, 2013
Kindred Skin, 2013

Novel - Editing Stages.

Kindred Skin, 2013
Kindred Skin, 2013

Novel - Editing Stages.

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As a gifted linguist, Nina had enjoyed a successful international career. Now, an ex-convict, she waits inside her London tower block for life to find her.

 

Her only comfort is the voice of her next door neighbour - a striking reminder of her former lover, Alex, who still serves his sentence on the other side of the capital. Her eavesdropping turns into a dark obsession.

 

When she takes her only job offer, she meets the mysterious Idoya. Oblivious to the connections between her new post and the man next door, Nina becomes entwined in a complex series of events that are to change her life forever... for the past is inextricably linked with the present.

 

The novel is told in four voices.

The Tenth Box, 2010 - 2011
The Tenth Box, 2010 - 2011

Supported by The Jerwood Foundation and The Arvon Foundation. Performed with Niamh Cusack in the lead role at The Bridewell, London. Longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, 2011.

The Tenth Box, 2010 - 2011
The Tenth Box, 2010 - 2011

Supported by The Jerwood Foundation and The Arvon Foundation. Performed with Niamh Cusack in the lead role at The Bridewell, London. Longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, 2011.

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Medium Helen Duncan is the toast of 1930s London.  

 

Her performances wow the city as she materialises the dead through grotesque skill… until famed investigator Harry Price, determines to prove her a fake through a series of scientific examinations. 

Marginalia. 2010
Marginalia. 2010

Published in 2010 by The Jerwood Foundation and The Arvon Foundation, 'Marginalia' is an anthology of the work of nine writers selected for the 2010 mentorship scheme. 'The Tenth Box' is published in this anthology.

Marginalia. 2010
Marginalia. 2010

Published in 2010 by The Jerwood Foundation and The Arvon Foundation, 'Marginalia' is an anthology of the work of nine writers selected for the 2010 mentorship scheme. 'The Tenth Box' is published in this anthology.

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For A Rib and Other Stories, 2010
For A Rib and Other Stories, 2010

A woman confined to life as a mute is offered a chance of salvation by her neighbour, a religious zealot. But salvation comes at a cost… This collection of short stories follows five women, each plighted with a secret dilemma to unravel.

For A Rib and Other Stories, 2010
For A Rib and Other Stories, 2010

A woman confined to life as a mute is offered a chance of salvation by her neighbour, a religious zealot. But salvation comes at a cost… This collection of short stories follows five women, each plighted with a secret dilemma to unravel.

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The Riot Showgrrls Club, 2009
The Riot Showgrrls Club, 2009

Produced by SLG Productions Performed at The Guided Balloon, Edinburgh Directed by Sarah Chew Written by Kate Kerrow, Rebecca Mordan & Sarah Chew

The Riot Showgrrls Club, 2009
The Riot Showgrrls Club, 2009

Produced by SLG Productions Performed at The Guided Balloon, Edinburgh Directed by Sarah Chew Written by Kate Kerrow, Rebecca Mordan & Sarah Chew

The Riot Showgrrls Club, 2009
The Riot Showgrrls Club, 2009

Produced by SLG Productions Performed at The Guided Balloon, Edinburgh Directed by Sarah Chew Written by Kate Kerrow, Rebecca Mordan & Sarah Chew

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Performed to critical acclaim at The Guilded Ballon, Edinburgh Festival in 2008, and then taken on UK tour in 2009, The Riotshow Grrrls Club celebrates the riotious lives and loves of Madame Magdalene and Mistress Lilith. Everyone wants to be in their club.

 

Putting the “camp” squarely into “campaigning”, these heroines don frankly improbable frocks and go ram-raiding through some of womankind’s – and music’s – most empowering moments.