A Nottingham-based collective of maverick creatives, who happen to be women, have curated The Party Somewhere Else Festival, a new, five-day theatre festival at the Nottingham Playhouse. 

Through the power of storytelling, theatre, live art and debate, The Party Somewhere Else collective aim to champion female-led projects and give everyone a great night out.

Having already organised a successful, sold out scratch night at Circus Hub in Sneinton last year, the group have now announced the programme for their first ever The Party Somewhere Else Festival. The week-long programme comprises of performances and workshops led by women at the Nottingham Playhouse from 20th – 24th March 2018. 

Highlights of the programme include: Katie Arnstein’s Bicycles and Fish, which was one of Miro’s Top Picks ahead of the 2018 VAULT Festival; shows from Dance 4 supported artists Nicola Carter and Kimberley Harvey and immersive literary cabaret The Full Bronte, in which critically acclaimed company Scary Little Girls take a raucous look at the work of the Bronte sisters. 

In addition, part of the event has been supported and curated by Camden People’s Theatre, who have programmed two shows which will have their East Midlands premieres as part of the festival: SEXY by Vanessa Kisuule and Temporary by Libby Liburd, both highlights of the renowned Calm Down, Dear festival.

The Party Somewhere Else, Miro Magazine

The Party Somewhere Else

Speaking about the inaugural festival, Camden People’s Theatre Artistic Director Brian Logan said:

“We at Camden People’s Theatre are thrilled to be supporting The Party Somewhere Else on their new festival of female-led theatre. With our own annual festival Calm Down, Dear, we’ve done our best to support and champion the most exciting feminist theatre in the UK and beyond. When the opportunity arose to help these terrific theatre-makers in the East Midlands do something similar, we jumped at it.”

He added: “We’re proud to be involved, and can’t wait to see the work that this exciting new event will bring to the stage.”

Other events taking place throughout the week include performances from Leanne Davis who was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition in 2012, the Notnow Collective who are offering an honest look at motherhood with Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth and new writing from Mellow Baku, Tessa Parr and Vertebra Theatre. There will also be a workshop about the legacy of Suffragettes and women’s voting rights run by Kate Willoughby in conjunction with Centenary Cities Nottingham.  

The Party Somewhere Else came together through a shared frustration at the lack of women-led theatre locally and nationally, as well as the different barriers faced by women of colour, working class women, older women, disabled women and mothers working in the arts.

Director Siobhán Cannon-Brownlie said: “Women don’t always get invited to take a seat at the party table, so we’ve ditched the table and invited everyone. The Party Somewhere Else is chance for women to lead, and to ensure everyone is truly welcomed. If cultural institutions won’t lead the way, then sisters’ll do it for themselves!” 

For the full festival line up and to book tickets, visit www.thepartysomewhereelse.co.uk. 


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