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“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.
“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.”
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.