Updated: Mar 8, 2019
We are delighted to support Yorkshire writer/musician/performer Kate Radford's Draught at the Vault Festival in London next week.
Kate has offered us 'Draught' at the Dreams Before Dawn Festival 2018, to delighted and mesmerised audiences.
This is a total piece of theatre, radical in it's argument, radical in its use of theatre techniques - it manages to be both deeply rooted in the craft and make a solid argument for a new feminism, believable because fundamentally lived, in her bones and in her soul, transcended by her performance. It is wonderfully written, beautifully designed, and performed with grace, strength and generosity.
Truly poetic, and so deeply political, this is a real gem of theatre performance not to be missed.
D R O U G H T
VAULT FESTIVAL - LONDON
20TH-24TH FEBRUARY 2019 THE PIT
MATINEE 23RD @ 16.50
“MAKE ME NOT A WOMAN. THEN, YOU WILL HAVE GIVEN ME EVERYTHING”
DROUGHT is a song-story for women. A musical battle cry. It is for the women that have been and the women to come. DROUGHT is a piece of art activism. Its aim as a piece is to challenge narratives in which women are subject to violence at the hands of male redemption, and how violence in our storytelling perpetuates violence in our culture. It explores mythological narratives, culture, and female representation in an integrated art form.
In ancient times, in ancient Greece, lived Caenis - daughter of Elatus and Hippea of Thessaly. Caenis was the most beautiful of all the maidens, made more beautiful by equal charm and knowledge. Poseidon, god of the sea, master of waves, keeper of tides, took her. Changed her. Drained her. And grants her one wish...
To be transformed into a man, so as never to suffer again. Drought is a modern retelling of this forgotten tale. Using electronic music, digital landscapes and experimental prose we give voice to a voiceless character. A lot of voice, in a dynamic piece of gig-theatre. For how long will these atrocities happen to women in stories? For how long will we listen? Maybe it's time we write our own mythology. It is time to end this Drought.
Featuring original writing and music from Kate Radford, digital artwork from Bryony Good. Artistic associate, Laurence Alliston-Greiner
“AND IN THIS DESERT…YOU’LL DREAM OF WHEN YOU WERE MOVED”
Kate Is a multi-disciplinary award winning artist and solo performer based in West Yorkshire. She has worked for such organisations as The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Manchester International Festival, Bred In The Bone Theatre, Chol Theatre, Contact Theatre, The Nova Collective, Burnley Mechanics, Healthy Minds, and is an associate artist for Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.
Her work is explosive, honest and modern, often pulling on her experience as a multi-functioning artist and human being to enhance the audiences experience. All tools are used to communicate a message, a story or a feeling. Nothing is off limits. Nothing is out of reach. Hands beyond the glass ceiling.
Kate Radford works with topic based art projects, installations and performances. Her focus is on using art as a mechanism for social change, specifically enabling the furthering and cementing of equal rights for women.
"This show was incredible. I felt spoken to. I felt seen. Thank you for creating this Kate. You have a singular gift."- Audience Member
"Strong, Lyrical, Focused and compelling. I am going to eagerly watch how this show, and artist
progresses. Both are going to go places" - Debs Newbold (Performer and Theatre Maker)