New play gives voice to Mansfield’s young women

Published: 30 September 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Speaking to young women: SHEWOLVES

Mansfield Palace Theatre is to support local theatre makers to develop SHEWOLVES, a new play about “young women’s voices in an increasingly complex world”.

The theatre, which is run by Mansfield District Council, has gone into partnership with director Hannah Stone and playwright Sarah Middleton on the project. The play will use the voices of young women from Mansfield to develop the story.

Places are available for a series of 'socially distanced', virtual workshops for young women aged between 13 and 19 which will take place from Monday 19 until Wednesday 21 October. The sessions will offer British Sign Language interpretation and aim to reach a diverse mix of young people.

The workshops will explore themes including the climate emergency, female friendship and mother-daughter relationships. Those taking part may feature in a promotional play which will be performed before the show as a curtain-raiser.

Director Hannah Stone, a former youth theatre tutor for the theatre, said, “young women’s voices are at the heart of this play which will speak to them and their experiences. As an artist, it’s great to have such support from my local theatre to carry out this work and include the viewpoint of young women in Mansfield.”

The play is funded by Arts Council England. Theatre makers will also have time in Mansfield Palace Theatre’s rehearsal rooms to create the production in a COVID-secure way. The show may also tour nationally.

Places on the SHEWOLVES workshops can be booked by contacting [email protected] or by calling Hannah on 07929 168436.