OCTOBER 2015 SALON

The 13th meeting of the GAP Salon will take place on Monday, 19 October at 6:30PM.

An online discussion forum and details of future meetings can be found at the GAP Salon Facebook group. Please join the group or email us for location details. As always, you are welcome, and feel free to bring any interested parties.

The GAP Salon (Gender and Performance) meets monthly to connect, sustain, and inspire artists working for gender equality. We facilitate conversations within this community and support initiatives that come from GAP Salon members.

These initiatives so far have included performance projects like Bite The Apple, a co-hosted WOW Party at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival, and a new writing night at the Postscript festival. We also arrange periodic group theatre trips to see gender-conscious plays around London.

Most recently, GAP Salon cohosted a Devoted & Disgruntled satellite event at Camden People’s Theatre’s feminist festival, Calm Down Dear. Click here to read the D&D reports from Gender and Performance: It’s Not Just You.

In July, we partnered with Lisa Wolpe of LA Women’s Shakespeare Company, the London Shakespeare Centre at Kings College, and the Young Vic Directors Programme to offer a 4-day TranShakespeare workshop for 40 actors, directors and dramaturgs to create cross-gender Shakespeare performance.

We’ve got some new initiatives in the works; you can get involved with those or come and propose a new idea. What’s next is up to you.

We are looking for a meeting space for the GAP Salon; if you know of a venue that might be interested in partnering with us (either as a one-off or more long term) please contact Amy Clare Tasker at gapsalonlondon@gmail.com

JULY 2015 SALON

The 12th meeting of the GAP Salon will take place on Thursday, 30 July at 6:30PM.

An online discussion forum and details of future meetings can be found at the GAP Salon Facebook group. Please join the group or email us for location details. As always, you are welcome, and feel free to bring any interested parties.

The GAP Salon (Gender and Performance) aims to connect, sustain, and inspire a community of artists and advocates working for gender equality. We facilitate conversations within this collective and support initiatives that come from GAP Salon members.

These initiatives so far have included performance projects like Bite The Apple, a co-hosted WOW Party at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival, and a new writing night at the Postscript festival. We also arrange periodic group theatre trips to see gender-conscious plays around London.

Most recently, GAP Salon partnered with Lisa Wolpe of LA Women’s Shakespeare Company, the London Shakespeare Centre at Kings College, and the Young Vic Directors Programme to offer a 4-day TranShakespeare workshop for 40 actors, directors and dramaturgs to create cross-gender Shakespeare performance.

We’ve got some new initiatives in the works; you can get involved with those or come and propose a new idea. What’s next is up to you.

We are looking for a meeting space for the GAP Salon; if you know of a venue that might be interested in partnering with us (either as a one-off or more long term) please contact Amy Clare Tasker at gapsalonlondon@gmail.com

February 2015 Salon

The 11th meeting of the GAP Salon took place on Monday, 23 February at 6:30PM.

An online discussion forum and details of future meetings can be found at the GAP Salon Facebook group. Please join the group or email us for location details. As always, you are welcome, and feel free to bring any interested parties.

Our first Salon of 2015! Come and catch up with what everyone’s been up to, share your updates, and let’s get together on some big plans for the future.

The GAP Salon (Gender and Performance) aims to connect, sustain, and inspire a community of artists and advocates working for gender equality. We facilitate conversations within this collective and support initiatives that come from GAP Salon members.

These initiatives so far have included performance projects like Bite The Apple, a co-hosted WOW Party at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival, and a new writing night at the Postscript festival. We also arrange periodic group theatre trips to see gender-conscious plays around London.

We’ve got some new initiatives in the works; you can get involved with those or come and propose a new idea. What’s next is up to you.

November 2014 Salon

The 10th meeting of the GAP Salon will take place on Tuesday, 11 November at 6:30PM.

An online discussion forum and details of future meetings can be found at the GAP Salon Facebook group. Please join the group or email us for location details. As always, you are welcome, and feel free to bring any interested parties.

We’re gathering steam as autumn settles in. Come and catch up with what everyone’s been up to, share your updates, and let’s get together on some big plans for the future.

The GAP Salon (Gender and Performance) aims to connect, sustain, and inspire a community of artists and advocates working for gender equality. We facilitate conversations within this collective and support initiatives that come from GAP Salon members.

These initiatives so far have included performance projects like Bite The Apple, a co-hosted WOW Party at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival, and a new writing night at the Postscript festival. We also arrange periodic group theatre trips to see gender-conscious plays around London.

In October, we celebrated a year of GAP Salon. We’ve got some new initiatives in the works; you can get involved with those or come and propose a new idea. What’s next is up to you.

September 2014 Salon

The ninth meeting of the GAP Salon will take place on Tuesday, 23 September at 6:30PM.

An online discussion forum and details of future meetings can be found at the GAP Salon Facebook group. Please join the group or email us for location details. As always, you are welcome, and feel free to bring any interested parties.

The GAP Salon (Gender and Performance) aims to connect, sustain, and inspire a community of artists and advocates working for gender equality. We facilitate conversations within this collective and support initiatives that come from GAP Salon members.

These initiatives so far have included performance projects like Bite The Apple, a co-hosted WOW Party at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival, and a new writing night at the Postscript festival. We also arrange periodic group theatre trips to see gender-conscious plays around London.

We’re back after a busy summer! Come and catch up with what everyone’s been up to, share your updates, and let’s get together on some big plans for the future. In October, we’ll be celebrating a year of GAP Salon. We’ve got some new initiatives in the works; you can get involved with those or come and propose a new idea. What’s next is up to you.

July 2014 Salon

The eighth meeting of the GAP Salon will take place on Monday, 21 July at 6:30PM.

An online discussion forum and details of future meetings can be found at the GAP Salon Facebook group. Please join the group or email us for location details. As always, you are welcome, and feel free to bring any interested parties.

The GAP Salon (Gender and Performance) aims to connect, sustain, and inspire a community of artists and advocates working for gender equality. We facilitate conversations within this collective and support initiatives that come from GAP Salon members.

These initiatives so far have included performance projects like Bite The Apple and a co-hosted WOW Party at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival, a Postscript new writing night at the Drayton Arms, as well as group theatre trips to see gender-conscious plays around London (Blurred Lines at the National Theatre, The Mistress Contract at the Royal Court, Between Us at the Arcola).

What’s next? Come and propose an idea.

May 2014 Salon

The seventh meeting of the GAP Salon took place on Tuesday, 13 May at 6:30PM.

An online discussion forum and details of future meetings can be found at the GAP Salon Facebook group. Please join the group or email us for location details.

We began the meeting by introducing ourselves and responding to our VIVA (Venting, Ideas, Victories, Action) prompt, borrowed from San Francisco’s YEAH I Said Feminist, A Theatre Salon. Common themes were:

  • frustration and isolation in trying to begin conversations about gender in unfriendly contexts
  • the pressure to “get feminism right”
  • a desire to find or make opportunities to perform
  • industry cycles that keep older women off stage: the difficulty of finding great roles for older women, the difficulty of staying in the industry as an older woman, the difficulty of casting a new play with older women.
  • a lack of cumulative data collection on the representation of women in theatre.
  • cross-gender, gender-bending, or gender-flipping work in progress.

GAP Salon’s current priorities for action are:

  • actively reaching out across the theatre community to diversify our Salon membership
  • fostering new partnerships with companies, venues, and organisations
  • raising awareness of our online community and in-person Salons
  • finding physical meeting space for our monthly gatherings

We also discussed an opportunity for a new writing night; a group theatre trip in June; and gender-bending Shakespeare workshops. More details on all of these initiatives to come on the GAP Salon Facebook page.

We always end our meetings by inviting  members to share resources or projects they’re working on:

 

Our next event is scheduled for Tuesday, 3 June.  Details to come via the GAP Salon Facebook group.  As always, you are welcome, and feel free to bring any interested parties.

The GAP Salon (Gender and Performance) aims to connect, sustain, and inspire a community of artists and advocates working for gender equality. We facilitate conversations within this collective and support initiatives that come from GAP Salon members.

These initiatives so far have included performance projects like Bite The Apple and a co-hosted WOW Party at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival, as well as group theatre trips to see gender-conscious plays around London. What’s next? Come and propose an idea.

April 2014 Salon

The sixth meeting of the GAP Salon took place on Wednesday, 9 April at 6:30PM. An online discussion forum and details of future meetings can be found at the GAP Salon Facebook group. Please join the group or email us for location details.

Returning to our regular Salon format after a flurry of activity around International Women’s Day, we recapped our March events: the WOW Party, Bite the Apple, and our group trip to see The Mistress Contract at the Royal Court.

photoWe asked everyone to introduce themselves around the room, and answer the question, “What are you here for? What do you want out of this group?” Some members were concerned about the representation of women in our wider culture, and how theatre can help to shift that. Others were keen to open up more opportunities for women onstage and behind the scenes. Some were looking for allies, and cross-pollination between similar organisations. A few expressed a need for a supportive community for the artistic or advocacy work, for a hit of energy, and for the boldness to tackle these issues outside of the Salon. 

Possible future programmes from the suggestion box: skill share events; writing/acting scene nights; “book club” for plays; cross-gender Shakespeare workshops.

If you haven’t been to a Salon yet, let us know what you’re looking for. All are welcome, and our flexible agenda responds to the people in the room. Meetings are typically about half and half familiar faces and new friends.

One major priority for the Salon moving forward is to actively reach out into more diverse communities and welcome many perspectives into our group. Please get in touch if you are interested in helping with this outreach effort.

We are also looking for venue partners to host the GAP Salon once a month, once a quarter, once a year, or just once…

As always, the Salon ended with an invitation to share projects that our members are working on:

  • Kubrick 3 at New Diorama Theatre, 15-19 April
  • All the Rage Theatre’s Seize the Stage at RichMix 19 April
  • To Freedom’s Cause – Emily Davison Statue in Parliament Campaign (ongoing #emilymatters)
  • SPEAK at the Theatre Making Place (ongoing open creative workshops)
  • The Helen Project at Stand-Up Tragedy June 12 and Lost Theatre July 11 &13

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 13th May.  Details to come via the GAP Salon Facebook group.  As always, you are welcome, and feel free to bring any interested parties.