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We are WHAT A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME THEATRE & we make independent theatre. We create shows & events that celebrate female stories with integrity, charm & inventive uses of space. We do this to address the MASSIVE gender imbalance in our industry as we believe representation has a huge impact on the way we make sense of the world around us.
WHEN DID YOU STOP DANCING (WDYSD) is our most ambitious project yet. A storytelling, live art, theatre mash up solo show that tells the true story of the dancing plague interwoven with pop culture references & autobiographical material. It's told with charm, integrity and truly terrible jokes using puppetry, intimacy and lots of shoes.
The show was born out of frustration that we need a public campaign to tell a girl, that she can. The 'This Girl Can' campaign was founded after research from Sports England uncovered that over 2 million women wanted to exercise more but feelings of fear and shame in public space was stopping them and when you look across the board at representation in the arts and sports is it any surprise? The female England football team, The Lionesses came third in the world cup in 2015, but it didn't get the focus like the male team this year. It's a great campaign but we've all still got a long way to go. WHEN DID YOU STOP DANCING is the retelling of the true story where literally hundred of women took to the streets, dancing.
Only 31% of the performers we see on our stages are female and even then they're often minor characters, highly sexualised and accessories to male plots. They're rarely there in their own right or placed centre stage. When it comes to writing, it's even more depressing, only 8% of what we see on our stages comes from female writers. 8%?!?
It's a story about female friendship, solidarity, connection and finding your joy which are woefully underrepresented for women on our stages.
It's the first time we're taking our work rurally & to small towns where we'll be delivering workshops to young people, where accesses to creative opportunities are much lower. This is really vital at a time when creative subjects are being removed from schools. We're heavily subsidising tickets for these shows or having them as Pay What You Decide so your donations are paying it forward to someone else who's access to the arts are limited.
With your support we can make this a really special project you get to become a patron of the arts in the process.