Circa Theatre Celebrates Women's Voices With WTF! Women's Theatre Festival

Circa Theatre Celebrates Women's Voices With WTF! Women's Theatre Festival

The 19th September 2018 is the 125th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in New Zealand and Circa Theatre is delighted to celebrate this - as well as New Zealand Theatre month - by hosting its annual WTF! Women's Theatre Festival throughout August, September and October 2018.

The four plays (Bloomsbury Women and the Wild Colonial Girl, Modern Girls in Bed, Blonde Poison and Uneasy Dreams and Other Things), one devised work (Medusa), one developmental season (Rants in the Dark), two play readings (Tender, Sean Penn is in His Boat), public talk (Katherine Mansfield and 'A Woman's Place'), special event (Ginette McDonald & Friends - Katherine Mansfield Reading) and workshop convened by Emily Perkins (Women on the verge...) all showcase women playwrights, directors, designers, actors, dancers, musicians and theatre workers.

They give voice to historical female characters as well as focusing on issues facing women today and are more fully explained in the following pages. The seasons start in August and run into October, and the productions in September are all written by New Zealand women.

Circa Theatre is also proud to be hosting the Fourth Women in Theatre Hui on 15 September 2018.

A handful of WTF! 2018 shows and events are also part of the overlapping KM130 (KATHERINE MANSFIELD 130 YEARS) festival - a city-wide programme of events, exhibitions and performances from July - Oct, celebrating Katherine Mansfield's 130th birthday.

WTF! Women's Theatre Festival launches this Sunday 29 July with a stimulating afternoon talk - Katherine Mansfield and 'A Woman's Place'. Dr. Gill Greer, author of two books about Katherine Mansfield and researcher for an award-winning documentary, talks about Katherine Mansfield, Suffrage and women - in her life and writing. Playwright, Lorae Parry, shares her experiences in London, researching and creating Bloomsbury Women & the Wild Colonial Girl (opening 18 August and directed by Susan Wilson).

The inimitable Ginette McDonald will also lead readings of Mansfield's short stories and poems on Saturday 4 August.

Please find attached the WTF! Women's Theatre Festival 2018 brochure. A full listing of festival events and ticketing information is also available online at www.circa.co.nz/wtf

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