Festival celebrating women in performing arts heads to MK Gallery

‘Taking the Stage – Women in performing Arts’ is an exciting festival staged at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes from 12-14 September, that celebrates and recognises inspirational local and national female professionals from the performing arts industry – including Julia Pascal, Maureen Beattie, Sue Parrish, and Jenny Sealey.

The event, curated by Rosemary Hill, Artistic Director of Milton Keynes based professional theatre company ‘The Play’s The Thing’; will run alongside the powerful Paula Rego exhibition and host a range of exciting female lead performances, including a brand-new play entitled ‘Three Sisters’ written by Julia Pascal – the first female director at the National Theatre.

The three-day event will showcase new work by talented emerging female playwrights such as Bruntwood Prize Judges Award winner, Chloe Todd Fordham; Wallis Hamilton Felton and EastEnders and Bend it Like Beckham star, Shobu Kapoor. It will also explore the significant roles women play within the arts and provide insight into this fascinating industry through a series of panels discussions.

Audience members will also get the opportunity to see a newly devised piece of theatre by young people from Milton Keynes alongside the infamous Haste Theatre Company.

“The aim of our symposium is to not only showcase these talented women, but also to inspire, educate and empower the younger generation with a passion for the performing arts. We’ve put together this strong programme to hear from inspirational women in theatre and witness great work from up and coming females, all of whom are changing our industry for the better. It also gives us the opportunity to show our commitment to continually push the boundaries for women in the arts for a more equal balance; and to kick start a fair future for the next generation.”

Rosemary Hill

The symposium has received funding from Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Arts Council England. For the full festival schedule, please visit: https://www.playsthethingtheatrecompany.co.uk/projects/taking-the-stage-women-in-theperforming-arts