The Roaring Girl debates and talks


Stella Creasy MP, Caroline Criado-Perez, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and others join the RSC in a series of debates and talks.

Taking place in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon a new series of events will take place this summer inspired by the Roaring Girls season and RSC's Midsummer Mischief festival.

The first of these debates, Roaring Girls Today, takes place on Saturday 28 June and is chaired by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.  Erica introduces a panel of women who have made a significant impact on British life, who will discuss good behaviour and the particular pressures on women intent on making history. Erica will be asking Caroline Criado-Perez, Stella Creasy MP and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown what the future looks like for 'girls who roar'.

Journalist and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez led a high-profile campaign for a woman to be featured on the £10 bank note. Shadow Minister in the Business, Innovation and Skills team, Stella Creasy has been the MP for Walthamstow since 2010. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, is known for her sharp commentary on issues of politics, race and religion, won the George Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2002 and the Emma Award for Journalism in 2004.

Future events in the series include:

Roaring Girls On Stage:
Saturday 9 August, 10.15am - 11.15am
A debate exploring the context in which the four classical plays of the 'Roaring Girls' season were written and their legacy. It will feature directors and writers from the season and Midsummer Mischief festival, with commentary by Dr Kate Aughterson. Chaired by Erica Whyman.

Roaring Girls Through History:
Saturday 23 August, 10.15am - 11.15am
How have things changed for roaring girls since Moll Cutpurse first hit the stage in the sixteenth century? Erica Whyman chairs a discussion looking at the changes to the feminist landscape, both over the last 500 years and in the last 50. She will be joined by Susie Orbach and Professor Catherine Belsey.

Few Roles For Women: A Talk with Harriet Walter:
Sunday 7 September, 3pm - 3.45pm
Join RSC Associate Artist Harriet Walter on her personal investigation into why there are fewer satisfying roles in theatre for women than there are for men, especially in the classical repertory and especially for older women.

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