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The Woman in The Film

Madeleine Accalia

Fri 10th Mar - Sun 12th Mar
20:15,19:45,14:30 (
70 mins)
Theatre
Digital-Live Hybrid / Gig Theatre / Women’s Voices
Tickets from £13.00
Venue: Network Theatre
Age Guidance: 15+
Strong Language, Adult Themes Including: mental illness, references to suicide, eating disorders, and oral and penetrative sex.

“Torture the women!” he said. “The trouble today is that we don’t torture women enough.” – Alfred Hitchcock.

It’s 2001 and the girl from the seaside wants to be an actress. It’s 2003 and the teen in the medical drama wants to be loved. It’s 2009 and the woman in LA wants a job. It’s 2012 and the creature wants revenge.

The Woman in the Film is an interdisciplinary play that explores the treatment of actresses and female characters in commercial film. Inspired by IMDB’s top 100 films and the myth of Arachne, it explores the murky relationship between stardom and monstrosity through a fusion of theatre, music and cameras.

Previous audiences:
“Trippy and magnificent, not like anything I’ve seen.”
“A unique, bold, technically ambitious, multi-media show that is darkly comic, and satirises the tropes and stereotypes found in both film and the film industry.”

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Fri 10th Mar
8.15pm
Network Theatre
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Network Theatre
246A Lower Road
Sat 11th Mar
7.45pm
Network Theatre
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Network Theatre
246A Lower Road
Sun 12th Mar
Matinee
2.30pm
Network Theatre
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Network Theatre
246A Lower Road
Sun 12th Mar
7.45pm
Network Theatre
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Network Theatre
246A Lower Road

Madeleine Accalia

Madeleine is a writer and Roundhouse Resident Artist. She has had plays performed at Vault Festival, North Wall Theatre, ADC Theatre, Gilded Balloon (Edinburgh Fringe), the Warren (Brighton Fringe), INK Festival and Norwich Theatre Royal Stage 2. She is from Brighton and has a First Class degree in Scriptwriting and Performance from the University of East Anglia.

Aneesha is a writer, director and researcher from Pune, India. Recent directing credits include Brown Girls Do It Too (currently touring) and OffComm commended Before I Was A Bear at the Bunker and Soho Theatres. She co-runs Global Origins, a network and platform for international and diasporic artists, along with Emma Jude Harris. Individually and with Global Origins, Aneesha has conducted workshops on teaching, writing and researching identity at the Young Vic Theatre, the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Part of the Main Theatre.

Nyree is an actor/singer-songwriter from Wales. She performed the solo show How to Make Friends in Hollywood in Norwich, Brighton and Prague Fringe. She has performed in R&D’s at Norwich Theatre Royal and Cambridge Junction. Nyree released her debut single and video Penelope in August 2021, and recent gigs include The Guitar Social and Islington Radio’s acoustic showcase.

Caitlin is a freelance theatre-maker and producer. Founder of award-winning ShyBairn Theatre, devising live performance for social change. She graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2019, launching ShyBairn after receiving Central’s StartUp and Enterprise Award. She is currently Assistant Producer of Dante or Die, making site-specific theatre and is a freelance producer for early career artists. She is particularly interested in sustainable practice.

Press & Reviews

Praise for previous work:


A Younger Theatre, "Aided massively by Accalia’s poem-like script, filled to the brim with powerful images and striking nuances, the play does well to offer insights that feel like the beginning of a conversation, as opposed to attempting to be the final word on any matter"


Libby Purves, TheatreCat, "Madeleine Accalia’s White Girls is stunning: clever, nuanced, moving from social comedy to anger, naïveté to embarrassment…not a word is wasted, not an emotion or observation false" 


Bridget Minamore, "There’s a quiet joy in the way she tells stories in her poems, a real spark of something ironic and aware, but still very funny"


Nic Rigby, FATEA, "Nyree Williams, 23, of Builth Wells, in Mid Wales, has been impressing people around the country with her carefully crafted and often darkly comic songs"


Michael Calcott's Fringey Bits, "Nyree Williams obviously revels in playing the various characters. She has a wonderful range, moving easily from oily charm to innocence, from rage to incredulity. I enjoyed her performance very much"


Exeunt, "Before I was a bear subtly and playfully conveys the complexity of female sexuality and desire...Director Aneesha Srinivasan introduces clowning interludes in which Cally struggles to adjust to her new ursine physicality"


The Queer Review, "This isn’t just someone speaking, this is theatre that just happens to only feature one performer on stage. It’s wickedly funny and Aneesha Srinivasan’s direction amplifies the text’s absurdity and humanity"


The Reviews Hub, "Eleanor Tindall’s writing paints rich, appetising pictures with sparky economy of language. Nothing pretentious, gorgeous detail and slang. Aneesha Srinivasan’s direction keeps it moving, flowing around the stage like a dance. The overall effect is engaging, fun and wild – it’s powerful about the light

Cast & Creative Team Madeleine Accalia, Writer: The Woman in the Film (Roundhouse), The Self Defence Class (Voices from Home), The Sublet Next to Heaven (Vault 2019, shortlisted for the inaugural Women's Prize for Playwriting), Love Me Before I Go (Norwich Theatre Royal Stage 2), White Girls (Gilded Balloon, INK Festival, ADC Theatre, Applecart Arts).

Nyree Williams, composer and performer: Jessie in Love Me Before I Go (Norwich Theatre Royal Stage 2), Sasha in Fallible (Menagerie Theatre Company), Leo in Phenomenon (Menagerie Theatre Company), Various parts (ALCOTRAZ Brighton), Polly Hewson (Benjamin Franklin House), Various parts in Shakespeare Re-Wired (Sky Blue Theatre) and Multi-role in How to Make Friends in Hollywood (Brighton and Prague Fringe).

Aneesha Srinivasan, Director: Brown Girls Do It Too (co-dir. 2022), Before I Was A Bear (2022, 2019), Grindr Survivr: The Play (2020). Assistant Director: Name, Place, Animal, Thing (2021). Writer: 10 ways to have the Perfect Conversation (R&D 2021). Co-curator: ARE WE THERE YET? festival of international art (2019).

Producer, Caitlin Evans: THIS IS WHAT UTOPIA LOOKS LIKE (ShyBairn - Camden People’s Theatre); ODDS ON (Dante or Die - The Lowry, Stone Nest, online); BURNOUT (ShyBairn - Artsdepot, Live Theatre); TALK PROPA (ShyBairn - Camden People’s Theatre, VAULT Festival, The Pleasance). Caitlin trained on a Production Placement with Paines Plough and as Production Intern at The Pleasance. She has been mentored by Katie Kerry (Society of London Theatre) and is a BREACH Theatre Associate.


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