Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) links two independent productions from this year’s Greater Manchester Fringe Festival due to double bill on the Coliseum’s historic stage as part of the theatre’s hugely successful Main House Takeover.
Men Chase Women Choose by People Zoo Productions, one of the Coliseum’s supported shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will be joined by the theatre’s Pick of the GM Fringe Award winner, Clouds by Time & Again Theatre Company on Friday 27 September.
Chris Lawson, Acting Artistic Director of the Coliseum, commented: “The Coliseum is dedicated to supporting theatre makers creating fresh and interesting new work in our region. This year our Picks of the Fringe share messages of feminism – past, present and future – and science and education. The double bill is a brilliant opportunity for these companies and their shows to gain a bigger platform and a wider reach.”
The year is 1913 and women are rising up…
Amidst the flock of pioneers fighting to rule the skies, Winifred Baxter is determined to become the first Englishwoman to enter an air race and fly right around the country!
In the open fields of Moorhanger Grange, Freddie learns to take to the skies during Britain’s last glorious summer, weathering the chaos of friends and family, the suffragette movement, a glorious garden party and far too much nephology – the study of clouds.
The second play by new young writer Laura Crow, Clouds combines the suffocating society of pre-war Britain with a touch of comedy, early feminism, and pure vintage flair. It shows the characters of 1913 navigating many of the problems still experienced by women today, albeit to a more extreme level, and asks why there is still such a low proportion of women in science and aviation, and how can we change this?
People Zoo’s feminist science sketch Men Chase Women Choose takes its title from one of many gender myths that pervade our society. This show is intent on skewering some widely held beliefs and unearthing the bad science behind them.
Men: Are you tired of chasing women down the street? Women: Are you deafened by the hoarse mating cries of your prospective suitors? Darwin says it’s our biology. But is it?
Taking the form of a sketch show, with co-creators Sophie Giddens and Eve Shotton at the helm, Men Chase Women Choose is an informative and uproarious feminist romp that features fruit flies, film, physical theatre and a flute solo, putting women, sex and science under the microscope.
Men Chase Women Choose ran at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival on 6 and 7 July at Hope Mill Theatre. It heads to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival supported by the Coliseum as part of Venues North alongside Best Girl by Best Girl Productions.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Main House Takeover brings the new and often daring work seen across the North West’s independent theatre scene to Oldham’s historic Main Stage. Clouds and Men Chase Women Choose double-bill on the Coliseum’s Main Stage on Friday 27 September. Click here to learn more and book tickets.
Putting the spotlight on Greater Manchester’s eclectic fringe theatre scene, the Main House Takeover also features a three-night run of Tinned Up by Chris Hoyle, presented by 53two and Manchester Actor’s Platform Productions (24 – 26 September). Click here to learn more and book tickets.