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This Is A Blizzard to premiere at From The Forest Festival

This Is A Blizzard to premiere at From The Forest Festival

Inspired by #MeToo, Waltham Forest based Flock Theatre Ensemble is proud to announce its first full-length show, This Is A Blizzard, premiering at CentrE17 as part of the From The Forest Festival in June.

The all-female company, led by Ana Brothers, Walthamstow resident and Head of Drama at Leytonstone’s Connaught School for Girls, has devised This Is A Blizzard, inspired by the global movements of #MeToo and #TimesUp.

Driven by a passion to redress the gender imbalance in theatre, This Is A Blizzard is a playfully dark 21st century fairytale, combining physical and fantastical storytelling by the ensemble cast. International in flavour – touching Ghana, Norway, India and Ireland, as well as the UK, the show aims to make theatre accessible to a broader range of people.

Artistic Director, Brothers said: “As a high school drama teacher at an all-girls’ school in our borough, I am often frustrated by the woeful lack of roles for my students to play female characters who are complex, well-rounded, and positive. So I decided to try and do something about it, and the idea to create a local, professional, all-female devising theatre company was hatched.”

She went on: “As a company of trained actors and theatre makers from diverse backgrounds, we uniquely devise and create our own work from scratch, with the aim to leave a legacy of playscripts which my students and other female actors can draw upon.”

It’s an idea that is being well received, with the company gathering increased praise and support both locally and beyond. Following a performance of a short piece inspired by the life and work of May Morris – for the opening of the eponymous exhibition at The William Morris Gallery in October last year – Leader of Waltham Forest Council, Clare Coghill was impressed.

Coghill said: “I loved the performance. Helping the next generation of women take their place in our artistic and cultural life in this country is an endeavour we should all support.”

Kath Cockshaw, Head of Museums and Arts at London Borough of Waltham Forest described their show as “a smashing piece of beautifully timed, humorous, in your face contemporary theatre.”

Since then, the Company has gained the support of Waltham Forest Council, through funding from the Arts Development Grant. More recently, it has secured further opportunities to take their work outside of the borough: working in partnership with the New Diorama Theatre in central London and winning a highly sought-after opportunity to collaborate with the Barbican Centre later this year.

Brothers said: “It’s an exciting time to launch a new theatre company in Waltham Forest. Having won London Borough of Culture and with news of Soho Theatre helping to revive the old Granada cinema into a major new venue, I’m keen to help make our borough a hub for progressive, new theatre. At the same time, I want to make and see work that appeals to our community, encouraging those who have never been to a theatre performance before, to give it a try!”


This Is A Blizzard runs at CentrE17 from 21st-24th June. Tickets are on sale on From The Forest Festival website: www.ftffestival.com

For further information, to request an interview with Ana Brothers, or for images, please contact Preena Gadher at Riot Communications on 020 3174 0118 / preena@riotcommunications.com

That’s Mine: Bespoke Theatre Piece

That’s Mine: Bespoke Theatre Piece

That’s Mine—Flock’s first outing as an ensemble—was a bespoke piece made for the opening of the May Morris exhibition at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow. Flock helped to celebrate the little-known woman behind many of the famous Morris & Co designs.

Watch a recording of the performance below.

 


‘I LOVED the performance…Helping the next generation of women take their place in our artistic and cultural life in this country is an endeavour we should all support… I look forward to seeing what this talented company and its director, Ana Brothers, do next.’
Waltham Forest Councillor Clare Coghill


‘A smashing piece of beautifully timed, humorous, in your face contemporary theatre – our guests loved it.’
Kath Cockshaw, Head of Museums and Arts at London Borough of Waltham Forest