1503 - Anacaona, Chieftain to the Taino people is hung in the square by Nicolás de Ovando
1570, Grace O’Malley, an Irish Pirate, controls the west seas of Ireland by land and ship
1858, Lakshmibai, Rani of Jhani, leads rebel armies against the English, with her son strapped to her back
2018, three school girls in South London face their final year at school.
They have been best friends for years, but as their home lives become tense, mental health deteriorates and their future looms, their friendship is tested. The year progresses and tales of women gone before them become relevant, rousing and frightening, electrifying their present and warping their futures.
Using animation to blend past with present Helena Westerman’s second play, Galvanise celebrates female history and unbreakable friendships.
Helena and Caroline met on Facebook after Helena wrote a play and Caroline volunteered to direct it. Together they formed Rascal Theatre and began producing new, contemporary writing that discusses identity in the 21st century.
The way humans are created, limited and liberated by ideas of gender, age and class is a source of continuous intrigue and inspiration for them.
By keeping the audience’s experience at the centre of the creative process they aim to make worlds that are recognisable and reflective of the society around us.
Rascal Theatre's debut show, "An Act Of Kindness," toured schools and received sell out runs at The Lion and Unicorn, Theatre503 and Edinburgh Fringe 2017, where it won the Theatre Weekly Best of the Fest award for Best Writing. In 2018 "An Act Of Kindness" was presented at VAULT Festival and The Old Joint Stock Theatre, and was awarded 'Highly Commended' in the VAULT Festival 2018 awards.
Writer: Helena Westerman
Producer: Rascal Theatre
Director: Caroline Simonsen
Animator: Diana Garcia
Praise for "An Act Of Kindness"
VAULT Festival - Award 'Highly Commended'
Theatre Weekly - Award 'Best New Writing' Edinburgh Fringe Best of the Fest 2017
The Stage - The Stage's Pick of VAULT Festival Week 3
Theatre Weekly - ★★★★★
‘A superb piece of theatre that is clever, funny and poignant'
The Stage - 'A very neat, carefully crafted piece of writing'
The Scotsman - ‘Genuinely touching to all but the hardest-hearted’
Three Weeks - ★★★★
The Reviews Hub - ★★★★
Stage Talks - ★★★★
TheSpyinTheStalls - ★★★★
‘Wholesome, honest and heart felt’
Fringe Guru - ‘Witty, funny and charming’