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The Old Vic announces two new commissions to mark International Women’s Day

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The Old Vic announces two new commissions for International Women’s Day to be screened as part of the  Your Old Vic programme. These One Voice monologues are written by Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Regina Taylor and will be broadcast on YouTube from Mon 08 Mar, 10am. Pritchard-McLean will direct Putting A Face On which  will be performed by Susan Wokoma, and Tinuke Craig will direct Taylor’s Aisha (the black album) which will be  performed by Jade Anouka.

Putting A Face On is a funny, dark and ultimately empowering monologue about gaslighting* and how, despite  positive strides towards gender equality, domestic abuse remains prevalent within so many women’s daily lives. As the  Domestic Abuse Bill returns to the House of Lords for a second reading, as part of the ongoing campaign to offer  further rights and protection to survivors through greater access to the safety and support they need, this new  monologue offers insight into the nuances of emotional abuse, victim blaming and control.

 

Following the United States’ centenary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020, which gave the first women  the right to vote in America, and Kamala Harris’ historic inauguration, Aisha (the black album) traces the history of  Black women’s political power, from disenfranchisement to mobilisation against the backdrop of the pandemic, the  Black Lives Matter movement and the 2020 US election.

Of the commissions:

Kiri Pritchard-McLean, said ‘I am utterly honoured to work with The Old Vic and equally thrilled to write something for  one of the best talents we have, Susan Wokoma. It’s heartening to see that The Old Vic are striving to make new work  in such difficult circumstances and the support from the theatre has allowed me to articulate my thoughts and fears  about this bizarre period into this monologue. Don’t worry, there is jokes

Regina Taylor, said:

This is not the time to be silent. 

Very excited to join these voices 

to explore these fast shifting times

These two new monologues will be presented as the culmination of a week-long celebration of International Women’s  Day which will begin with the re-releasing of a selection of the One Hand Tied Behind Us One Voice series. Originally  curated by Maxine Peake in 2018, this series marked 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act gave  the first women in Britain the right to vote. The re-released monologues are: Betsy by Ella Hickson, performed by Jill  Halfpenny; Contactless by Maxine Peake, performed by Siobhan McSweeney; Imagine That by Kit de Waal,  performed by Flo Wilson; Mother’s Little Helper 1963 by Jeanette Winterson, performed by Celia Imrie.

The Old Vic is a registered charity in receipt of no regular public subsidy and with its doors currently closed is in great financial difficulty. Yet, despite this, the theatre remains committed to staying connected with audiences through the  Your Old Vic programme, a provision of free content including archive productions, the PlayCrush podcast and our  Education Hub.

For up-to-date information people can visit oldvictheatre.com/your-old-vic or follow @oldvictheatre #YourOldVic on  social media.

One Voice is a series of monologues, funded by the TS Eliot Estate, celebrating the rawest of theatre forms – a single  voice on a stage without scenery and with nothing to rely on but words.