So we’re one day away from the launch night of May 2017’s 14/48 Leicester, and we have something else to throw into the mix to make this festival even more interesting…
We’d been toying with the idea for a while based on some discussions with our American (and West Mids) counterparts and are pleased to announce that this festival will be gender neutral.
So, what the hell does that mean?
Well, each festival our writers are set a brief to write a 10 minute play, based on the theme that was pulled form a hat. The only other information they get, is where their play will fit in the running order, and the number of male and female actors they are writing for. But why… why do we give them a number of genders to write for? We don’t categorise the actors in any other way; race, sexuality, religion, so why gender? Well, let’s find out what happens… is it possible for our writers to create a ten minute piece of theatre overnight, without this piece of info? Will we end up with seven plays about amorphous sci-fi entities, will it prove difficult to form narrative without relying on some of the cliched stereotypes formed by the relationships between ‘men’ and ‘women’?
Personally, nah… I think it’ll be fine. Because I trust the creative process, and I’m a bit of a hippy; but the only way to find out is to do this thing and pull it apart afterwards. So, if you come to watch this weekend, and have an opinion on how our gender neutral experiment worked out. Give us a shout, comment on here, hit us up on twitter or facebook, and let’s see what we learn. Other than that, let’s make theatre, drink beer and have a good time.