Month: July 2018

‘Woman On Fire’ Explodes into Durham

WOMAN ON FIRE was written as part of the ‘vote 100’ celebrations this year of when ‘some’ Women first won the right to vote in the UK – a landmark in women’s rights. This show is a great way to celebrate women from history and our Foremothers tenacity. It is the company’s first visit to Durham. WOMAN ON FIRE will be at – The Assembly Rooms Theatre, 40 North Bailey, Durham for two performances  Saturday 28th July 7:30pm Sunday 29th July 7.30pm   Woman On Fire is an explosive one woman show that takes its audience into the fiery times of the UK suffrage movement through the life and times of one unsung suffragette – Edith Rigby. Edith is from Lancashire but her story takes us across the UK – Preston, Manchester – London and Glasgow. It explores the wider story of our fight to win the right to vote. Edith was friends with and protested with the Pankhursts and Annie Kenney. She also fought for better working conditions for girls and women....

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Professional Theatre Director, Victoria Gimby, returns to the north!

Born and bred in Durham, Victoria Gimby is an award winning writer and theatre director who specialises in new writing.  After gaining her passion for theatre at the Gala Theatre Stage School and at Durham High School, she went on to train at both Mountview Academy (BA Hons) and RADA/Birkbeck (MA).   Her credits as a director include working as Associate to choreographer and Arlene Phillips and Associate on the new UK tour of Rock of Ages. As a writer Victoria has won various awards for her writing and dramaturgy, most recently being shortlisted for a Northern Writer of the Year Award 2018 in the television category. Victoria is passionate about finding innovative and unique ways of telling stories and will be using this week in The Assembly Rooms to work on her upcoming pieces ‘Run’ and ‘Operation Trojan.’   ‘RUN’ tracks a group of people running a marathon, beginning at the start line and finishing as each character cross or hobble over the finish. Each with their own story to tell, our characters navigate the unexpected twists and turns of the course, as they are pushed to their mental and physical limits. The marathon is often seen as a metaphor for life; determination, persistence, and (most surprisingly for a solo race) something you cannot do alone. These inspirational lessons that each of our characters learn reach beyond the parameters of the running world and teach us far greater lessons about community, perseverance and hope. By using real stories from...

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