New Southampton Arts Festival celebrating the centenary of British Women winning the vote

Thu 19 July, 2018

New Southampton Arts Festival celebrating the centenary of British Women winning the vote

Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) announces The Bungalow Café Festival, a brand new festival in honour of 100 years since the first British women won the right to vote. The festival will run from 6 September to 13 October across NST’s venues City, Studio Theatre and Campus, comprising of theatre, music, comedy and film.  

The Bungalow Café once stood on 157 Above Bar Street, Southampton, opposite the new NST City. It was the local home of women’s suffrage before it was destroyed in the Blitz.

Head of programming Katy Snelling has said: “Just as the Bungalow Café was the meeting point for the NUWSS we hope this festival and NST will be a meeting point for conversations about the power of women’s voices, 100 years after women first won the vote in Britain.”

The festival opens with NST’s latest production Women In Power (6-29 Sep) written by seven leading female writers including Shappi Khorsandi, Jenny Éclair, Wendy Cope and Jess Phillips MP. Other theatre highlights include a play from Proto-type Theater, The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth) (10 Sep) a theatrical work set in Iceland, examining contemporary politics 10 years on from the 2008 financial crash; SEXY (14 Sep) which explores the conflicted relationship with our bodies and sexiness through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress and Luca Rutherford’s Political Party (17 Sep) showing how politics is done, through music, dancing and eggs.

Other theatre includes Bullish (20-21 Sep), a new mythical play exploring new and ancient territories in trans-masculine gender and identity. Plus, the NT Live screening of the National Theatre’s Julie (3 Oct) starring Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner).

Comedy highlights include Ruby Wax, the Monk and the Neuroscientist: How To Be Human (29-30 Sep), Sara Pascoe with LadsLadsLads (14 Oct) and an all-female line up of NST’s regular The Comedy Bar: Big Gig (11 Oct) including Lucy Porter, Angela Barnes and Shazia Mirza.

Other highlights include Salon Du Cinema which celebrates the trail blazing icon, Mae West (12 Sep), RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor (8 Oct), a live all female DJ set from Frau DJs (22 Sep) and talks by leading feminist speakers Dr Naomi Paxton (22 Sep) and Dr Finn Mackay (29 Sep).

The Bungalow Café Festival culminates with a new production of Medusa (11-13 October), a shocking story of rejection, redemption and revenge, created by Laboratory Creative Associates and performed by Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Elf Lyons.

Tickets and the full programme for The Bungalow Café Festival is available online at nstheatres.co.uk or from the Box Office on 023 8067 1771

 

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Women In Power

Directed by Blanche McIntyre

Written by Wendy Cope, Jenny Éclair, Suhayla El-Bushra, Natalie Haynes, Shappi Khorsandi, Jess Phillips and Brona C. Titley

Dates: 6-29 September 2018

Venue: NST City

Tickets: Starting at £10

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The Audit (or Iceland, A Modern Myth)

By Prototype Theater

Written and Directed by Andrew Westerside

Dates: 10 September 2018 at 19.45

Venue: NST City Studio

Tickets: £14/£10 concessions

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Salon Du Cinema 

Presented by Scary Little Girls  

Dates: 12 September 2018 at 19.45

Venue: NST City Studio

Tickets: £14/£10 concessions

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SEXY

Performed by Vanessa Kisuule

Dates: 14 September 2018 at 19.00

Venue: NST City Studio

Tickets: £14/£10 concessions

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Luca Rutherford's Political Party

Directed by Alex Swift

Dates: 17 September 2018 at 19.45

Venue: NST City Studio

Tickets: £14/£10 concessions

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Experiment

Dates: 17 September/29 October 2018

Venue: NST City Studio

Tickets: £5/£4 for Lab network members.

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Bullish

Milk Presents

Written and Directed by Lucy J Skilbeck

Dates: 20-21 September 2018 at 19.45

Venue: NST City Studio

Tickets: £14/£10 concessions

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The Gateway Session: Frau DJs

Dates: 22 September 2018 at 19.30

Venue: NST City Studio

Tickets: £10  

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Dr Naomi Paxton

Dates: 22 September 2018 at 17:30

Venue: NST Rehearsal Room

Tickets: £8 advance/£10 on night

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Wire Wool Talks: Dr Finn Mackay  

Dates: 29 September 2018 at 17:30

Venue: NST Rehearsal Room

Tickets: £8 advance/£10 on night

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Ruby Wax: How To Be Human

Dates: 29-30 September 2018 at 19.30

Venue: NST Campus

Tickets: £20

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NT LIVE: Julie

By Polly Stenham

Dates: 3 October 2018 at 19.00

Venue: NST City

Tickets: £17.50  

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Festival Panel Discussion

Dates: 4 October 2018 at 18:00

Venue: NST City

Tickets: £10

 

RSC LIVE: The Merry Wives of Windsor 

Dates: 8 October 2018 at 19:00

Venue: NST City

Tickets: £17.50

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The Comedy Bar: BIG GIG

Dates: 11 October 2018 at 20:00

Venue: NST City

Tickets: From £17

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Medusa

Created by Laboratory Creative Associates

Created with Elf Lyons

Dates: 11-13 October 2018 at 19.45

Venue: NST City Studio

Tickets: £14/£10 concessions

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Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads

Dates: 14 October 2018 at 19:30

Venue: NST Campus

Tickets: £18

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