East Riding Theatre’s Company in Residence, She Productions, have adapted their festival She Fest into a digital format this July, creating a platform to champion local female-identifying talent.
After launching the festival last year, to which the East Riding Theatre was ‘hostess’ to art exhibitions, markets, comedy and more, this year’s plans were adapted to be completely online. Meaning you can get involved sat on your own sofa, probably in your pyjamas, probably with a bowl of cereal.
With emergency funding support from Arts Council England, She Productions have managed to collate an vibrant & varied programme with something for everyone. From Saturday 4th July to Saturday 25th July, She Productions will flood their website with workshops, live portrait classes, virtual art exhibitions, cabaret evenings, family days, feminist book clubs, French classes, discussions and more.
Themed days help will help audience members navigate their way through the programme from Wellbeing Mondays, including Yoga with Katie Huntsman and an introduction to Essential Oils, to Family Sundays with a Sensory Storybook session from Concrete Youth & Your Picture painting workshop with Emma Garness.
Events also aim to inform as well as entertain. Panel discussions with guests including MP Emma Hardy will tackle different topics each Monday evening, whilst performance Historian Hollyzone History’s returns with her informal theatrical lectures, Yas Queens! and 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 and Aerial Artist Roxie Royale, singer-songwriter Grace Christiansen, comedy duo Norris and Parker and many more.
The events will be a mixture of live-streams, recordings from artists’ homes and 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 will provide some hope during this (rather long) ‘interval’.
Find more information about She Fest and see what events are taking place at: www.sheproductions.co.uk