An ARC Stockton Homemakers commission
Vici’s Homemaker commission will present work in two parts – the first is available now and part two is coming in early June…
The Wrong Woman Discussions
A series of five themed discussion films between disabled women performance makers
Curated by Vici Wreford-Sinnott
Artists: Bea Webster, Melissa Johns, Julie McNamara and Tammy Reynolds
BSL Interpretation Sue Lee
Title credit – The wrong woman is a term used by Julie McNamara in her theatre practice and research.
The first part of Siege is The Wrong Woman Discussions which gives space for disabled performance makers to talk about transgressive women – women who break boundaries, defy definitions and explode stereotypes in their work. Five amazing disabled performance makers, reflecting a broad range of practices from live art, the TV industry, contemporary new writing for theatre, and performance work from drag to the RSC, present a sequence of themed nitty-gritty punch-packed roundtable discussions.
About Siege – Part 2
Tickets on sale – Thursday 4 June
Written and directed by Vici Wreford-Sinnott
Performed by Philippa Cole
BSL interpretation Sue Lee
The second part will be a short, filmed character monologue, Siege, exploring what it means to be disabled and ‘looked at’. It’s from a longer-term piece of work and centres on the character of Mim (rhymes with quim). Mim, performed by the brilliant Philippa Cole, is a funny, edgy radical, trying to live a subversive lifestyle right slap bang in the middle of the radar, with a shame-free approach to the disabled female body, who can’t get a gig. What’s it gonna take to change that?
“As a live performance maker dependent on the electric energy the exchange with a live audience brings, the initial prospect of making work for the internet, which feels bigger than the universe and is currently awash with amazing talent, was quite daunting. But once I’d connected to the themes that interest me most – funny bold women, lesser heard voices and a punk sensibility – I knew it was an opportunity to create a space for something very exciting, possibly explosive.”
Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.
We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.
All the videos in Siege Part 1 are presented with Audio Description, BSL interpretation and Captions.
Please contact us if you would like further information on access for Homemakers by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Vici Wreford-Sinnott
Vici Wreford-Sinnott is a disabled writer, theatre director, activist and feminist who believes in a cultural landscape without limitation. Vici is committed to disabled-led work which explores form, engages audiences in new ways and challenges established theatre venues and organisations to ensure they are not simply replicating the status quo in the work they choose to programme.
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About ARC Stockton
ARC is a venue in the centre of Stockton on Tees, offering a full programme of professional, high quality cultural entertainment including music, comedy, drama, dance, spoken word, film and work for families.
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