She Productions will flood their website with workshops, live portrait classes, virtual art exhibitions & mini markets, cabaret evenings, family days & discussions – all She Fest Digital 2020, 4th to 25th July.
After launching the festival last year where East Riding Theatre was ‘hostess’ to art exhibitions, markets, comedy & more, this year’s plans were halted along with the rest of the world 12 weeks ago. However, with some emergency funding support from Arts Council England, She Productions have managed to collate an equally vibrant & varied programme that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
She Productions’ company member Annie Kirkman says: “Sadly, theatre freelancers & artists are having a really tough time right now, as are many industries. We don’t know what our future will look like & we have to each find our own way of coping with that. As a company, we decided to keep moving forward with our plans for 2020 but making tweaks & changes along the way so that our work can be enjoyed online. We can’t compete with digital artists, & we would never try to, but we have been lucky enough to receive some financial support & we want to use this to continue elevating & employing as many other female-identifying artists along the way as possible. As well as those participating in She Fest, we are thrilled to be working in partnership with the University of Hull through their Internship programme & we have hired a 2nd Digital Design student, Abby Quirk, to work with us for 8 weeks. She is already a brilliant addition to the team & we are so grateful to be able to offer this opportunity.”
Themed days help will help audience members navigate their way through the programme from Wellbeing Mondays, including Yoga with Katie Huntsman & an introduction to Essential Oils, to Family Sundays with a Sensory Storybook session from Concrete Youth & Your Picture painting workshop with Emma Garness. Panel discussions with guests including MP Emma Hardy will tackle different topics each Monday evening. Performance Historian Hollyzone History’s returns with her informal theatrical lectures, Yas Queens! & Go Go Girl Pirates! (for kids), & every Saturday the She Productions’ team will host a ‘Shevening’ with 4 different cabaret acts each night including pole dancer India Alton, Burlesque & Aerial Artist Roxie Royale, singer-songwriter Grace Christiansen, comedy duo Norris & Parker & many more.
Lois Mills, stand-up comedian & Shevening performer says: “Us lasses need to support one another so this festival and this company are a breath of fresh air. In a male-dominated industry, I am proud to be representing the ladies of comedy.”
Events will be a mixture of live-streamed, recorded from the artists’ homes & even a few special performances filmed from the East Riding Theatre stage. At a time when the future of theatre is uncertain, She Fest Digital strives to provide some hope during this (rather long) ‘interval’ away from live theatre, as we work towards raising the curtain once again. She Fest 2020 r uns from 4th-25th July & all events & ticket bookings can be found at www.sheproductions.co.uk
[Annie Kirkman – She Productions]