After the triumph success of Women on Top 2012, this project could not be left to rest. We kick started summer 2013 with Women on Canvas, led by Jen Bakewell. This project used inner-self-portraits created Kairo’s services users (marginalised women) to depict their inner beauty. These canvases were used as inspiration to devise drama sketches and monologues celebrating the voices of women. WOT has been a wonderful journey of discovery, sharing and sisterhood. Issues that were raised in the prices performed were organically sprung from workshops that incorporated the portraits as a talking point and then the ideas just poured out.
Women on Top Monologues was performed at Ego Arts, Coventry on Sunday 22nd September to a full house with an exhibition of Women on Canvas!
I cannot express how proud I am of these ladies. It takes so much courage not only to perform but to perform about something you are passionate about or something you are afraid to speak out about. Some of the issues raised in this performance were about Domestic violence, Puberty, Pros and Cons of Sex work, Sexual abuse, Grandma –Granddaughter relationship, Confusion, Life before the NHS, Bra’s and we women can just carry on and on…
We are also joined by Women’s Drama Group, Poplar a project led by Rena Dipti Annobil who returned to the stage after a maternal break. WOT 2012 inspired her to re-create this spirit in East London. Thank you for your contribution.
Here are a few reviews:
‘’Great to hear real women’s stories and feminist voice live-and-kicking on stage.’’ Justine Themen – The Belgrade Theatre
‘’I would just like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the production. I was ‘blown away’ by the standard of acting. The sensitive topics evoked in me some harsh realities of what it is like to be a woman, and worse still, what it was like years ago. Well done to you all. Looking forward to the next performance’’. Elaine O’ Neil
‘’This was the very first time I went to theatre. All I can say the show was amazing. It really touched my heart and has made me think in a different was. Everyone was amazing!” Imran Khan
Thank you all