13th December Alex McSweeney: Creating Out of the Cage
Tuesday 13th December Penrhyn Road
RB0006, Reg Bailey building, 5.30pm – 6.30pm (refreshments from 5.15pm)
In this presentation, Alex will talk about the creative process in terms of researching archive material, writing and directing his 2015 production, Out of the Cage, which premiered at The Park Theatre, London in 2015 and will be touring nationally in 2017.
Out of the Cage was inspired by the ‘munitionettes’ of Silvertown, London, whose strike during World War One challenged contemporary union orthodoxies about equal pay for women and men. Alex will discuss the development of the play, which included a two week R&D phase in 2014, leading to a series of workshop performances at the Rose Theatre, Kingston; how his own creative process as writer and director was informed and enhanced by working with actors; strategies concerning the documentation of the process; finding funding (the production was supported by a range of funders, including Arts Council England); and the future of the project.