We are crowd funding to raise £5,000 to support the creation of 'Celine’, a play exploring women and domestic abuse in France.
Celine is a play, devised by Marie Zabukovec, Colleen Cameron, Lisa Perrio and Alex Kampfner. Rehearsals began during lockdown this spring , when we discussed ideas, improvised scenes and wrote an initial script. We have now been programmed by Voila!, a multilingual theatre festival, for a scratch performance which will be shared online on November 16th.
We were inspired to create this project because we wanted to explore the testimonies of women in France who have been victims of sexual harassment and violence. We are also interested in reactions to #MeToo; when the movement spread around the world in 2017, thousands of French women began denouncing sexual harassment with the hashtag #balancetonporc (expose your pig).
France still has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the EU. Last year 130 women were killed by their partners. A 2016 study by the French polling firm IFOP found that of 1,048 cases of sexual harassment in France, only 65 led to a conviction. And a 2014 French government poll found that one in five French women had experienced harassment at work. A third of them never shared their stories.
This will be a verbatim piece combining movement, video projection and theatre. The multidisciplinary piece explores how violence affects the wellbeing of millions of French women and what they are doing to stop it.
Celine is produced by 65% Theatre, an international female led theatre company based in London. This is a professional production and we are committed to paying our creatives living wages in line with our unions. We are now looking for your support so that we can further develop Celine and then share the play with the world.
We would be incredibly grateful for any support you can give.
Marie Zabukovec Actor
Marie trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique. She’s worked with Daniel Mesguish, George Lavaudant, Robin Renucci, Xavier Gallais et Daniel Martin. After she graduated she was cast in Lourdes ; a play by Paul Toucang et Wadji Mouawad at the Théâtre de la Colline. She was cast in Interrail by Carmen Alessandrin. After that she played Puzzle by Jacques Kugler, K.O de Fabrice Gobert. She has recently starred in the lead role in in La Bonne Epouse by Martin Provost alongside Juliette Binoche.
Alex Kampfner Director
Alex is a writer, director and facilitator. She trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the National Youth Theatre. She is multilingual and has worked in the UK, Colombia, Mexico and Chile with theatre companies such as Fundación Enterpola in Chile, and Acción Interna in Colombia. She has directed Romeo and Juliet in Buen Pastor, a women's prison in Bogota. In January 2018, she was commissioned by the same company to write Mas Alla de un Sueño (Far Beyond A Dream) based on the women's lives. The play explored issues like drug trafficking, displacement, and war trauma. It launched the Festival Carcelario, an annual prison theatre festival involving eight prisons from across the country. Alex is currently a member of the Young Vic Directors Programme.
Lisa Perrio Dramaturgy
Lisa trained at the Cours Florent and CNSAD. She has written and acted in comedy sketches for a company called Golden Moustache and in numerous TV series. She has also been on tour performing theatre all over France. She has worked with Wajdi Mouawad at the Theatre de la Colline in Notre Innocence.
Colleen Cameron Actor
Colleen is a Scottish-Belgian actress and playwright, bilingual in English and French, who grew up in Brussels. She now lives and works between London, Paris and Brussels. She trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Paris Conservatoire (CNSAD). Since then she wrote her first play, BOTTLED UP, a solo-show that explores eco-anxiety and the irony of living in a world of plenty. It made its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018.
Lucy Waterhouse Movement Director
Lucy is a theatre director and choreographer. Her work is driven by collaboration, provocative stories, music, and dynamic movement, and is often inspired by other disciplines, such as science and visual art. As movement director Lucy has worked with Process Theatre on the touring verbatim production, 'Things We Do Not Know', on a theatre R&D with writer Adam Peck and Caroline Hunt. She has also worked as movement assistant on the British Youth Opera production of 'La Cenerentola'. Lucy draws a lot of inspiration from outside of the UK and other disciplines, and is open to collaborative possibilities within the UK and beyond.
Benedict Taylor Composer
Benedict is a composer from London. His credits include, Ghoul (Netflix & Blumhouse 2018), Fireworks & Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court Theatre) The Bright Day (Mohit Takalkar), Maunraag (Vaibhav Abnave), Waves of Power with ongoing screenings, garnering awards and critical acclaim at film festivals including Berlinale, Venice, London, Toronto, Shanghai, Mumbai and Rotterdam and London Film Critics Circle.
WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?
The show will be shown as a scratch performance for Voila Festival on the 16th November 2020. Tickets can be bought here.
We then will have a video of the show, to send it to industry professionals and contributors. We will be entering it into theatre festivals in France, UK and further afield. Ultimately we aim to make a longer version of the play, based on the experience and backing we receive from this current project.
WHY SUPPORT US?
The arts industry is under unprecedented pressure and has few openings for young creatives. By funding our project you will be creating jobs for young people and supporting them in their skill, craft and talent. The majority of our creative team are female, making Celine a female-led production. By supporting us you will be helping to launch pioneering female artists.
As you know, the global COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the theatre industry and particularly on small, artist led collaborations like the ones we create at 65% Theatre. We have had a lot of work cancelled this year, including our show Guerrillera at the Underbelly Cowgate during the Edinburgh Fringe and a show at HMP Brixton with male offenders. This has led to a significant loss in our yearly income and prevented us from employing freelancers in the sector.
THE SUPPORT WE NEED
We need to raise £5,000, our total budget, through a Crowdfunder to make Celine a reality. This will pay for a 5 days of rehearsals with the French actors, a composer and movement director. We are calling on your support: people who are passionate about international art and who want to be part of this exciting journey.
Below is a pie chart detailing the breakdown of our budget:
ABOUT 65% THEATRE
65% Theatre showcases multilingual, new writing and tells gritty, contemporary, multilingual stories that affect women of all ages from different parts of the world. We research our projects over extensive periods of time, consulting NGOs, academics, journalists and people who have extraordinary stories to share.