Warlords & Tyrants by Polly Wiseman
Warlords & Tyrants collides the Match Women's strike of 1888 with the modern office of an arts charity, as the female director tries to erect a statue to the strike leader, Annie Besant. The play explores how age, class, ethnicity and gender intersect in the workplace, as three generations of women battle institutional prejudice, death threats on Twitter and a sculpture of a ten-storey man-eating vagina. The play confronts society's inability to look past a pair of tits and asks why there are so few statues of women and why they still pay a higher price for being seen and heard.
The play will be presented as semi-staged reading by Fireraisers Theatre Company www.fireraisers.org.uk Twitter: @fireraisers
Writer/performer Polly Wiseman trained at RADA. Her work as a playwright has been produced by The Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, Soho Theatre, Theatre 503, BAC and Home Mcr amongst others. Her most recent show is Femme Fatale, a black comedy about the first #TimesUp moment, previewed at Latitude Festival and Wilton's Music Hall. Developed for a Women@RADA reading, the play starts an ACE-supported South East tour, followed by a London run in the autumn. Twitter: @firecrazee.
Performer Linda Marlowe's career spans over 50 years in tv, theatre and film as an actress and a director. Linda has had a long association working with Stephen Berkoff in the 70s and 80s and she has created 7 solo shows which she has performed nationally and internationally. Linda has worked in tv and film with the likes of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Albert Finney and Gary Oldman and recently played the part of Sylvie Carter in Eastenders.
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