Diversity – WE’ll give you a DIVERSECITY

Aged 24 – 50+, from all points on  Greater London’s compass with at least 5 languages spoken and a list of skills and experience to make any cabinet blush, not to mention a whole panoply of brilliant women and men behind us, the Women’s Equality Party’s candidates for the London Assembly mean business. On Saturday 27th February, WE went on our first group canvas and … Continue reading Diversity – WE’ll give you a DIVERSECITY

Why does [insert name of famous actress] keep her grey hair in a bag?

I wrote this up as a session I called at  D&D VAULT FEST SATELLITE: WOMEN, THEATRE, AND AGEING: WILL THERE ALWAYS BE A ‘LAST F*CKABLE DAY’?

This conversation started between two people and eventually the whole room was kind enough to join. It’s rather longer than most blog posts….

I’m not sure if we said or learned anything that isn’t in another report in open space somewhere else. However open spacers know that Sometimes a thing needs saying many times until someone steps forward with an action …. To break the cycle. Please….feel free.

A few points of info for context.

I’m 48, I’m female, a theatre-maker and I have taken a conscious decision to be grey-haired. I’m campaigning for the Women’s Equality Party in the London Elections so I’m not in a neutral space about this issue. I declare my interest 😉

I’d just come from a morning surrounded by mostly younger women and had forgotten until I arrived at the D&D and was suddenly conscious of how my legs and hips were tired, after hours of walking and canvassing, that I was the twice the age of the women I’d been working with.

I remembered that my hair was grey. I became 48 again.Whatever that means.

  • Women
  • Theatre
  • Ageing….

I remembered that in a theatre green room, I once had a long conversation with a famous and incredible actress with a long history of writing and producing – about the grey moment. And that became my question to this group.

Despite being a Dame, and a household name, a trail blazer in TV, this actor kept her own grey-haired wig in a bag in her handbag and sported a dyed head of hair. It was a survival strategy and everyone (by which she meant all the female actors she knew of her generation) needed and deployed it. It came up again at a model box showing on another production with another woman of similar national treasure status. Continue reading “Why does [insert name of famous actress] keep her grey hair in a bag?”

WE’ve got a little London list

So it really was a long week waiting for the results of the WE London Assembly selection process. I spent a lot of time checking social media. In that week, more productively, I also pitched two projects in my day job as a theatre maker, in Doncaster and Leeds, saw some blindingly good theatre as part of the London International Mime Festival at the Barbican, and … Continue reading WE’ve got a little London list

I joined a political party and it didn’t hurt a bit

People go on and on (actually most people don’t)…. People in politics and people who work in media, go on and on about the lack of engagement in British politics. Like quite a few people I’ve met in theatre, they tend to blame the audience. Like many of the millions in this country who don’t show their political allegiances by attending rallies, or fundraisers, carrying … Continue reading I joined a political party and it didn’t hurt a bit

It was a small moment in history.

You may not have noticed it yet but you will. History is being made this week. A group of women and one man from London and Wales gathered yesterday morning for a workshop focusing on the London and Welsh Assembly elections. Most of us had put ourselves forward to stand as candidates in either London or Wales for the Women’s Equality Party. A few people … Continue reading It was a small moment in history.