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Speak Woman Speak

Shows: Saturday 18th April, 7.30pm

Tickets: Work in progress ticket £3.
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Open Space logo During their week at Theatre in the Mill Speak Woman Speak aim to develop Soledad and to start creating a new piece Betto.

Soledad is a piece about never forgetting and never letting go, a journey of a woman revisiting the past in order to heal in the present.

Soledad is a journey of love, loss, passion and survival, an invitation to the audience to share her world. Soledad is a republican woman that survives the Spanish Civil War leaving behind her parents. Being involved with Republican activism she fights for her rights and her community. She has a love affair with Miguel another republican activist and finds out she is pregnant, but she never meets her son as he is taken away from her. This story is based on a real event that happened during the reign of Franco’s dictatorship, the 'stolen babies' (los niños robados) a trafficking of babies. 

‘I wish I could remember you, but they never let me see you.’ 

Speak Woman Speak shared this piece of work in progress at Wharf Chambers in July 2014, with a great response to the piece. They will be using the open space programme to develop more ideas and refining the narrative. They will also use the time to start researching and exploring ideas for their new show Betto.

Betto is a one woman show, which is inspired by the true story of Betto Douglas who ran a one woman slave revolt that took place in St Kitts, a small island in the Caribbean, in the 1800´s. The piece is currently in an embryonic stage, Speak Woman Speak want to investigate themes of migration, motherhood and identity.

Speak Woman Speak is an all female Leeds based theatre company. They make devised work highlighting hidden stories about women from diverse backgrounds.

Carmen Martorell is a performer with experience as a facilitator, producer and project manager. She trained at Insitut del Teatre in Barcelona and Rose Bruford College, London. Since arriving in Leeds in 2012 she has worked with various companies such as Red Ladder, Freedom Studios and the Suitcase Ensemble. Her passion is working with women’s stories and exploring physical theatre, dance text and music.

Leah Francis is a performer and facilitator. She trained for a degree in BA Hons Drama at Northumbria University, Newcastle. Since finishing her degree she has worked for various companies like Live Theatre Newcastle, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Freedom Studios. Her passion lies in creating theatre that seeks to empower the community.

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