Giving Voice

Women make up at least half of the world population and yet their voices are often unheard in the public space. Pascal Theatre Company is proud to be producing a digital archive of some of those stories through the project Giving Voice.

We have a long history of working with women to create new theatre projects. Funding has encouraged writers in other disciplines to experiment and develop their writing skills for stage writing. This resulted in new stage performances.

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to work with women whose lives have been disrupted by the virus. 

In 2020-2021 we are working at distance with women whose mental and physical health has been impacted by enforced isolation. 

Consequently, we are inviting women of all ages and backgrounds to work with us to create work online in a safe  space.

We want to hear the voices of those who are rarely, or never, heard. We will offer expert women theatre practitioners to those wishing to creatively express moments from their lives.  We are open to form. Text, letters, phone calls, poems, dramas, songs, memoir- writing. This will result in a high-quality presentation. Anyone preferring to work anonymously with us is also most welcome.

This project is inclusive to all women from 18-118. We are prioritising women’s mental and physical health, confidence and autonomy.

GIVING VOICE FOR UNHEARD WOMEN

Julia Pascal

Women make up at least half of the world population and yet their voices are often unheard in the public space. Pascal Theatre Company is proud to be producing a digital archive of some of those stories through the project Giving Voice. 

Shining a light on hidden histories
Who are the invisible? What are their histories? Why are they confined to the margins?

Giving Voice seeks out the hidden child refugee who has to change her religion and identity to survive Nazi murder: Ruth Posner.

It tells the story of a Roma woman who is humiliated for her origin on the London street: Amanda Petrovic.

It gives space to a woman with mild learning difficulties who overcame sexual violence and became a judo champion: Clare Manley. 

Anonymity protected
And two who do not dare speak their names:

A Jamaican migrant, now a grandmother, speaks of how her grandchildren fear her because she has become a ‘Covid leper’:
Windrush Daughter.

A London woman remembers fleeing a forced marriage in North Africa to find freedom in England: Nadia X.

These are a few of the hidden stories that we are proud to present.

Beyond traditional narratives
Professional writers and theatre practitioners are helping to shape these stories into an archive that reflects those whose histories rarely enter traditional narratives. Who is the Woman In The Street? The Woman On The Clapham Omnibus? Is she the one you don’t see or hear?

For more information, please email: sally@pascal-theatre.com
Or telephone: 020 7383 0920.

Funded by London Community Response/The City Bridge Trust/Mayor of London