Damsel/Wife/Witch - Play and Song Cycle

An Arts project London, United Kingdom

To support the performance of an interdisciplinary three-hander exploring 21st Century gender expectations through fairy tale.

They did it!

On 25th Aug 2015 we successfully raised


of £1,500 target

4 backers


21 days

Project owner

 And So Forth


Project aim

To support the performance of an interdisciplinary three-hander exploring 21st Century gender expectations through fairy tale.



About the project

 And So Forth (ASF) was founded in 2014 and is a new London-based theatre and opera company dedicated to

interdisciplinary collaboration between exceptional emerging artists, with aims to further their professional and

artistic development. Key to our work is balancing integrity and innovation, and making art that asks questions.


 The project involves the development and realisation of And So Forth’s inaugural piece, Damsel/Wife/Witch, an

interdisciplinary three-hander for two actors and mezzo-soprano, which explores 21st Century gender

expectations through fairy tale.

All participants in this project are under 30, and as part of And So Forth’s aims

and objectives to champion collaboration between emerging artists, the creative process is underpinned by an

emphasis on partnerships and mutual support. The piece is co-written by librettist Laura Attridge, playwright

Richard Walls and composer Lewis Murphy, and will be performed in a  beautiful site specific setting:

Asylum, Caroline Gardens Chapel in Peckham, London. 


You can purchase tickets for the show and our workshop here:




Damsel/Wife/Witch presents a play interspersed with music from a song cycle. The two elements

interlock to form a single dramatic arc, while the boundaries of song and scene become increasingly blurred.

Through an exploration of fairytales and the leading characters' heterosexual relationship, 21st Century gender

expectations and pressures are challenged and questioned.

The project aims to:

  • provide a strong platform upon which to showcase the work of the whole team
  • to successfully pay our artists fairly
  • to support the creative and professional development of each respective team-member
  • to create a piece for the stage which truly engages with audiences both in terms of the issues being explored in the show as well as their preconceptions of the worlds of 'opera' and 'theatre'.

We will use the funding we raise from this campaign to support the production costs, such as venue hire, creating lighting and costumes and rehearsing with the artists.


 Our writers – a playwright, a librettist and a composer – form a unique team already providing opportunities to

learn from one another's artistic and technical approaches. Our performers have been involved in the creation of

the piece through Research & Development workshops, and will have the experience of creating roles from




Damsel/Wife/Witch will inform the development of And So Forth itself, as we strive to clarify and strengthen our

own aims and objectives. It is crucial to ASF to continue to reevaluate the effectiveness of our activities related to

supporting and developing emerging artists, to maximise our activities in this area. The piece itself, which has

had extracts performed twice in central London, has already received audience feedback, and the performance of

the show in September will allow our team to effectively plan the piece's future as a touring show in tandem with

challenging and effective outreach workshops for young people on gender identity in the 21st century.



 Alongside the main production, we are going to run outreach workshops in the venue before the performance, and will last 1.5 hours.

In these workshops we will explore the themes of the piece: gender

roles and reviving old stories. The workshops are aimed at training actors, singers, and interested audience members.                                       They will be run by Liz Bacon, and a

member of the cast/creative team. We will also supply each participant with a resource pack

containing further exercises/creative tools to continue exploring Damsel/Wife/Witch. Through these workshops,

we hope to open up a dialogue around gender inequality and inspire young artists and our audience to find inspiration through a

creative, collaborative process.


And So Forth are extremely grateful for all the new and continued support we receive.



Our creative team includes:

 Laura Attridge is co-writing and directing Damsel/Wife/Witch. Laura has previously produced work for the

National Gallery, Southwark Playhouse, Britten Theatre, Camden People's Theatre and Tristan Bates Theatre, as

well as directing for a France/UK tour of a fringe opera.


Richard Walls is co-writing Damsel/Wife/Witch. He is an Associate Artist of Theatre Absolute, and his one-man

show 'Clubmartyr' won the Judge's Award at the Coventry Shoot Festival in 2014.


Lewis Murphy is co-writing Damsel/Wife/Witch. He was recently named Glyndebourne Young Composer in

Residence and has had work performed by such highly esteemed artists as Ensemble l’Itinéraire, orkest de

Ereprijs, Red Note Ensemble and Richard Craig.


Claire Harris, pianist, and Katie Coventry, mezzo-soprano, are both recent Master's graduates of the Royal

College of Music. Both received numerous awards and prizes during their time at the RCM, and Katie continues

her studies at the college's International Opera School.


Adam Drew, actor, is also a writer and singer. Adam has performed in shows for Bristol Old Vic, Young Vic,

Glyndebourne and The Southwark Playhouse.


Danielle Winter, actor, is a graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has most recently worked with

Cheltenham Everyman and Pentabus Theatre.


Imogen Burgess, Producer, is a Senior Production Coordinator at a London production company, running West End musicals and international tours of musical productions. She has also worked with Helios Collective and Constella Ballet and Orchestra.

Christine Lee, Assistant Producer, has recently trained with Stage One and is a chartered accountant.

Elizabeth Bacon, Outreach Coordinator and workshop leader, has worked as a a facilitator with Only Connect, the Almeida Theatre, Polka Theatre and the Finborough Theatre.