Women of the World Party with Female Arts and So and So Arts Club at the Southbank Centre

wow_series_2013_6GAP Salon, Female Arts, and So and So Arts Club are having a party at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival! Please join us on Wednesday, March 5th for a festive evening with excellent company, fine wine, live piano music, and performances by exciting female artists.

The evening begins at 6PM in the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, where the organisations hosting WOW Parties all over Royal Festival Hall will come together to briefly introduce their work. Afterwards, we’ll retire to our private event in the Spirit Level Foyer and White Room [venue map] for drinks, mingling, and piano music from Johnathan Tuck.

Special thanks to Bar TitaniaBlue Nun Wines, and Off-Piste Wines for their generous in-kind support!

Two sets of performances will take place at 7.45 and 8.45PM. Please RSVP to reserve your ticket. This is a free event; there is an opportunity to make a donation with your RSVP. Any support you can give to help us cover the costs of the event will be greatly appreciated.

AT 7.45PM

Emily Snee is Bifurious
written and performed by Emily Snee

Bifurious_Post_NBTEmily Snee is cross. Not only is she cross, she’s frustrated. Not only is she frustrated, she’s outright angry! So angry she’s busting out her funny for YOUR entertainment. Blasting through boundaries and trashing taboos, Emily is what condescending baby-boomers might call ‘feisty’.

But enough of that! Here’s a haiku:

‘Nothing tastes as good
As skinny feels’ said Kate Moss
But I think jam might


Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
directed by Melissa Dunne

Top-Girls-Churchill-Caryl-9781408106037Performed by Helena Payne and Jennifer Woods

Caryl Churchill: ‘A dramatist who must surely be rated among the half-dozen best now writing…a playwright of genuine audacity and assurance, able to use her considerable wit and intelligence in ways at once unusual, resonant and dramatically riveting’
– Benedict Nightingale, New Statesman

Top Girls was hailed as ‘the best British play ever by a woman dramatist’ (Guardian)

Melissa Dunne is Artistic Director of Papercut Theatre.

This excerpt from Top Girls will also be performed in Bite the Apple, a showcase of scenes from plays featured in Lucy Kerbel’s book 100 Great Plays For Women. March 8th at the Etcetera Theatre in association with GAP Salon. Performed by arrangement with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd.


Amelia Goes East – Episode 2: Sprout Free Christmas
written and performed by Fiona Whitelaw

Amelia Clayton-Jones on THE LAST TRAIN TO CHRISTMAS bw
directed by Lynette Linton
Amelia Clayton-Jones is at a turning point in her life. Geoffrey has ‘gone’, she is released from a life of duty and compliance. Minor acts of social defiance lead her further and further away from the Tennis Club, the WI and in direct defiance of the Neighbourhood Watch. Having taken the house down, can Amelia build it back up? Is it a house at all now, or more a shared warehouse in Hoxton?

Fiona Whitelaw Spotlight

Mature Student
by Wendy Thomson

sakuntala ramaneedirected by Alexander Newall
featuring Teri Levett, Sakuntala Ramanee, and Peyvand Sadeghian

Vaishali made sacrifices for her family and now she is fulfilling her ambition of studying an art history degree. Free of her grown up children. So why is daughter Amita bothering her in the student union – can’t she go away?

#maturestudentWOW @topgirls @Peyvandofpersia @TeriLevett @sakuntala_acts @AlexanderNewall

Identity Crisps
created and performed by Dotty Winters

DottyWintersA show about identity, parenting, adopting and always saying the wrong thing.

“Dotty Winters is a breathe of fresh air to the circuit. With her great gags and original material, she is certainly one to watch”
– Zoe Lyons, Comedian


AT 8.45PM

Stand Up Comedy by Arna Spek

ArnaSpek2Arna is a story based comedian, originally from the Netherlands. Expect everything: being a Dutch lady in a English society, smear tests, and dinosaurs.

“Arna has great material and a very distinctive style; so do keep an eye out for this Dutch dame.”
– Broadway Baby

written and performed by Abigail Staniforth

VANITY Abi Illustration2With a gun to her head, a young woman confesses to every crime in the history of the world, making no discrimination between the traumatic and the petty. She offers herself up as the first universal scapegoat, ready to throw herself onto the post-expenses, post-Leveson, post-Savile pyre. The audience is implicated in the arranged murder of an impossible criminal – except that the execution doesn’t end quite as planned, leaving questions about guilt, blame, accountability, and what we expect such a punishment to achieve.


created by Music Off Canvas and Emma Miller

Maestropantsfeaturing Hannah Grayson on flute, Vanessa Howells on oboe, and Emma Miller playing Georgie.

‘Maestropants’ follows the journey of a Georgie, a music lover who finds herself in charge of two musicians expecting to be conducted. With all the confidence of a great conductor and none of the ability, Georgie’s idealistic hopes do not go to plan. Through playfully experimenting, they discover their own language.


A Moment Please: a Lionheart gal speaks
performed by Gina Smith

Gina Smith2Selected poems from Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Woman by Grace Nichols. Positive action, empowerment, and inspiring change.


The Helen Project
created by Megan Cohen & Amy Clare Tasker

Angela Bulldirected by Sharon Burrell
featuring Angela Bull

The Helen Project zooms in and out of the bedroom and the mind of the most beautiful woman in the world. In this excerpt from the fragmented Build Your Own Helen of Troy Play Kit, Helen returns from ten long years of war to her home in Sparta. Shaking off three millennia of blame, our postmodern feminist Helen asks, ‘what did I actually do?’ 

@AmyClareTasker @TotheMoonUK @AngelaBull @WayBetterThanTV #HelenProject

The Helen Project received development support at San Francisco’s DIVAfest 2013. More about The Helen Project.

Stand Up Comedy by Carmen Ali

Carmen Ali PhotoCarmen Ali has been gigging consistently for 2 and a half years. She reached both the Laughing Horse quarter finals and the Costa Comedy Light Regional Finals in 2011. At Edinburgh festival in 2012, she performed at various gigs including Funny’s Funny and at the Secret Comedy Lock-in at the Gilded Balloon. She has also performed on a named bill in Leicester Square Theatre and The Cockpit Theatre. Carmen Ali tells honest, explicit and filthy stories about her life, from a feminist perspective. Ballsy and flirty, with an inner vulnerability, and a sharp and witty tongue.


GAP Salon (Gender and Performance)

GAP Salon logo with taglineWe are performers, directors, writers, designers, technicians, and theatre managers.
We are frustrated by gender representation in our stories, culture, and society.
We are doing something about it.

The GAP Salon facilitates regular meetings to connect, sustain, and inspire artists and advocates working for gender equality. In 2014, we are planning a range of events including theatre-going, skill sharing, networking, and artistic workshops.


Female Arts

Female arts f egg2Female Arts online magazine focuses on women in the arts as a response to gender inequality – only 17% of playwrights, 23% of directors and 35% of actors are women (source: Sphinx Theatre). Launched in 2011 and run by Editors Wendy Thomson and Sophie Porter, the magazine promotes women in performing, visual and literary arts.

Our review team attend productions focusing on female creatives including theatre, exhibitions, film, literature, dance, books, TV, comedy and music. We publish daily information about upcoming shows, interview inspirational women and feature companies and events.


The So and So Arts Club

so and so logo small (1)So and So is a global arts club which creates an online platform for artists of all disciplines and ages to meet and collaborate. In the past year actors, writers, directors, producers, photographers, agents, designers, casting directors and fine artists have come together across a series of interactive events including two festivals, short film screenings and rehearsed readings of new work.We have over 1000 members including some from the USA, Canada, Australia,Hong Kong, Singapore and Sweden. Our aim is foster direct collaboration and to generate paid work.



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