Tara Theatre's I’ll Say It Again! a festival of female artists

Published: 21 April 2019
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Tara Theatre's second annual festival of work by female artists, I’ll Say It Again! opens at the end of this month.

Theatre, music, comedy and dance events are delivered by established and emerging artists including world premières.

Jatinder Verma artistic director said, “from Helen to Yasmin, Diana to Angella and Nikita to Fran, I’m delighted that Tara Theatre is once again hosting the explosive creativity of I’ll Say it Again! Last year’s inaugural season marked Britain’s centenary of women’s right to vote. In 2019, women artists look ahead, and back, to the flesh and blood of contemporary womanhood. I’ll Say it Again! promises to connect artists and audiences in joyous diversity at Tara Theatre.”

Highlights include Nyla Levy’s Does My Bomb Look Big In This? which uses humour to look at ISIS’s recruitment of young British-Asian women and the world première of Natalie Haynes & Word Factory: Forgotten Women, stand-up comedy that considers ancient history's Helen of Troy and her part in launching a terrible war.

Other theatre events include one-woman shows Diana Dors Her Story about Dors's struggle in the male-dominated world of the 1950s, Rosa Torr's Edinburgh Fringe success Bump which tells the story of a young woman in an abortion clinic and Zahra Barri’s Special in which Zahra why does everyone think they are special.

Laurence Dollander's Double Bass is an adaptation of The Double Bass by Patrick Süskind and there is a double bill of Brown Girls Book Club which discusses Meera Syal’s novel Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee and a creative response to the novel by emerging South Asian women writers.

There are also music and spoken word events, comedy and Babble Talks, daytime TED-style talks for parents (not about parenting), and video installations.

I’ll Say It Again! runs from 30 April to 1 June