Friday 27 September, 7.30pm
Pick of the Fringe
A double bill of independent theatre fresh from the Greater Manchester Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
by Time & Again Theatre Company
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?
Clouds ran at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival on 25 July at The Pankhurst Centre.
Men Chase Women Choose
by People Zoo Productions
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 and then at Edinburgh Fringe Festival supported by the Coliseum as part of Venues North alongside Best Girl by Best Girl Productions.
Under 26s £7