Saturday 20th October
Bent Architect: Women of Aktion
Tickets: £10.00 / Under 18s £8.00
It's the 1930's and a young Joan Littlewood has walked out of RADA and stomped her way north, searching for the revolution. She reaches Manchester and finds kindred spirits, an industrial solidarity, and a determination to hear the voices of dissent – at the Rusholme Rep!
There she embarks on a production with Ernst Toller, German anarchist and ex political prisoner.
His play, Draw The Fires tells of the story of the Kiel Uprising that brought the first world war to its knees.
But Joan doesn't like the play, it’s all too male, where are the women she demands to know?!
Toller looks at her blankly…
As Joan’s rows with Toller shake the building, so from the factories of northern England to the mills of northern Germany, the voices of the women rise up from the depths. Together, they issue a revolutionary call that renounces militarism and brings the madness of war to an end.
They say history is written by the victors.
But whose voices can you hear when you read between the lines?
In this imagined piece, Bent Architect expertly weave newly unearthed verbatim histories of the women of Kiel with the radical force of Littlewood in her early Manchester years, to hear those voices resound afresh, to reveal a new, hitherto barely considered truth about a war which engulfed the world, which was brought to an end when ordinary people rejected conflict in favour of peace.
“Mick Martin’s cracking play… Nothing short of civil war in studs.”
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian (on Broken Time)
Since 2006, Bent Architect has created a range of national tours of original new theatre, touring to numerous theatre and non-theatre venues and delivering a wide range of educational activities alongside. In addition to this, we have always worked successfully with partners to deliver our work, often those who would not otherwise engage creatively in the subject matter. We are interested in exploring issues of the voiceless, those who society feels uncomfortable with.
Performance is 90 minutes in length no interval.
Tickets available to buy online through the 'Book Tickets' link above.
Raked seating will be in use. The seats will be unreserved and allocated on a first come first served basis.
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