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We're celebrating International Women’s Day with a week of female-led theatre, dance and live jazz.

The week begins with a new version of contemporary classic My Mother Said I Never Should on the 6 & 7 March, presented by leading physical and visual theatre company fingersmiths. Performed in spoken English and British Sign Language this moving and funny play explores the lives of four generations of women in one family. Shifting back and forth to different eras in the 20th century, this much-loved play by Charlotte Keatley sees the women’s choices and circumstances play out against a backdrop of huge social change.

Further into the week, dance company TRIBE// perform Still I Rise on 11 March. Performed by an all-female cast, this raw and visceral work channels the resilient, unapologetic nature of the iconic poem by Maya Angelou. Set to a soundtrack of pounding beats this powerful yet hopeful piece is an unforgettable and bold call to arms. Theatre-maker Jade Byrne also brings a unique show about living with Type 1 diabetes with the suitably titled, Pricks on 12 March. Unpacking many assumptions and misconceptions about the disease this moving and big-hearted show asks how we can better care for one another.

Our regular jazz sessions also sees musician, singer and songwriter Ese Okorodudu, multi-instrumentalist Faye Patton and percussionist, vocalist and guitarist Michele Drees each take to the stage for a night of incredible live music on Friday 13 March.

Head of Programme, Ashlie Nelson said:

“We’re pleased to once again celebrate International Women’s Day with a range of work that highlights the breadth and quality of female-led performance. Whilst we present shows year-round by artists from many different backgrounds, with issues such as gender imbalances in music festival line-ups coming under increasing scrutiny it feels more necessary than ever to platform work that highlights the issues faced by women and help push for progress towards equality for all genders."