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Night-Light Theatre CIC presents 

Let’s Create NOT Apply: A Night with Night-Light Theatre: Unwritten Women

Thursday 15th August 2024

Cafe / Bar open:             11:00

Event Begins:                  19:30

Tickets:                             £15 full price,

£7.50 concession (Suitable for Over 65, Student, Under 18, Artist, Unemployment Benefit, Disability Benefit. Please note proof of concession eligibility may be asked for upon arrival at the box office. Complimentary tickets are available for PAs supporting those with access requirements.

£3 no questions (maximum 8 per performance and must be bought online).

Running Time:                   Approx. 135mins (including an interval)

Age Rec:                        18+
Covid-19 Policy: We are no longer operating social distancing, and face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory–our policy is reviewed fortnightly.

A triple bill of fantastic new short plays telling the stories of Unwritten Women: Raw Stories of Motherhood, Friendship, and Identity.

As part of Let’s Create NOT Apply, Alphabetti Theatre is hosting Night-Light Theatre CIC’s A Night with Night-Light Theatre: Unwritten Women

‘Toast’, ‘We Made a Pact’, and ‘Queen of the Quack’ are three one-woman shows that offer fresh, new stories about modern women. These performances reveal the beauty and vulnerability in women's lives, showing raw and honest portrayals of those who bravely share their true selves and confront the darker parts of themselves. With a focus on social justice, this collection of shows aims to inspire change and make people think.

Toast: After giving birth, the midwife brings you toast; simple, medium cut, white Hovis that’s done a quick dip in the toaster, barely browned, overly buttered but the best thing Becky’s ever tasted. WARRIOR toast - transition toast - marking the end of pregnancy and the beginning of “Motherhood”. If only she knew what was coming... she’d have asked for the full loaf. It’s a play about Love, Loneliness and finding yourself in a new world. The piece is funny, heart wrenching and ultimately empowering, Toast aims to open conversations and promote hope amongst mothers and their families.

Written & performed by Sarah Rumfitt Directed by Jessica Robson

We Made a Pact: Jodie loves scotch eggs, almost as much as she loves her fiancé. The only thing Jodie loves more than a scotch egg is her best mate, Sophie, whom she met at a self-defence class. Bound by their shared experiences, their differences, and a fierce loyalty, Jodie and Sophie made a pact and will always protect each other. However, tension simmers beneath their seemingly unbreakable bond when the pact is broken. Who broke it, and what does this mean for their friendship? "We Made a Pact" is a powerful, energetic, and playful exploration of unconditional love, friendship, and the complexities of dealing with abuse. It hypes you up then hits you where it hurts whilst portraying the true nature of platonic friendship.

Written by Sarah Rumfitt Performed by Jessica Robson Directed by Angela Rose

Queen of the Quack: Ellie's life is upended when her partner leaves her for her closest friend. Amidst her turmoil, some unlikely counsellors emerges from the shadows of her past: and Ellie finds exhilarating liberation in embracing her inner chaos. But as the boundaries of her reality blur, Ellie risks losing more than she bargained for—her job, her sanity, and perhaps her very self. "Queen of the Quack" is a provocative journey of defiance, loss, and the peculiar liberation found at the edge of madness.

Written by Sarah Rumfitt Performed by Angela Rose Directed by Jessica Robson

About the artist:

We are Night-Light Theatre CIC and we make theatre holding community, collaboration and social justice at the heart of all our work. Through our work, we hope to open conversations, build healthy relationships, connect, inspire, and promote hope and positive change through our productions & creative community work.

We want to make this work as we believe these stories are important and will open up conversations around relationships, loss, mental health, social justice & motherhood. The themes of these shows will resonate with many different people, in different ways as we aim to showcase strength in vulnerability and the powerful voices of women.

This opportunity will support us in our mission to grow, connect & create work that can be shown in the public domain (we often receive commissions that serve a purpose to challenge systems and services and bring about positive change which stay behind closed doors). We want to write work for us, for audiences, for those we support, but ultimately, we want to catapult our social justice play & work out of the darkness and into the spotlight!

About Let’s Create not Apply:

Let’s Create, Not Apply! is a much-needed platform for artists to perform – in today’s climate the life of a creative is all too often spent filling out applications and pitches instead of creating. Applying and waiting is a way of life for freelancers, and it needs to change!

This is a Festival for artists to CREATE instead of battling through the red tape of applications and funding.  A defiant shout against lack of creative opportunities and support in the arts. An opportunity to be a part of something wonderful and all too rare – a stage supported by community, not bids. This isn’t a march against trusts and funders (please don’t blacklist Alphabetti!) – it’s an open arm call to local talent to support and nurture creatives

Why “Joyful Punk”?

After 12 years at the helm, Alphabetti’s founder and Artistic Director Ali Pritchard is departing. His final season at Alphabetti Theatre, “Joyful Punk”, will begin in August 2024 and run until the end of 2024.

 

Punk symbolizes profound self-expression, boundless creativity, and a courageous defiance of societal norms. Punk has re-emerged as a powerful platform for social activism, embodying the belief that art holds the potential to reshape the world. Punk has evolved into a beacon for positive social and cultural transformation.

 

And why joyful? Well, we could all use a bit of joy in the world right now, and Alphabetti is ready to bring it…

 

So, despite our weariness and disillusionment with the current state of society, we refuse to merely lament. Instead, let's defiantly raise our voices and embark on a mission to instigate positive change – fuelled by joy, laughter, art, and community. This is Ali’s rallying goodbye.

 

How does this event fit into the theme of Joyful Punk?

“As a team, we believe in the power of theatre to provoke meaningful change, and our event, featuring three dynamic one-woman shows, perfectly embodies the spirit of Joyful Punk by raising two fingers to societal norms and celebrating bold self-expression. Each performance showcases the unique voice of a woman from a different background, collectively exploring themes of friendship, love, motherhood, perinatal mental health, abuse, social change, acceptance, and identity. Our event is a vibrant rebellion against societal expectations, with each character challenging the status quo, asserting their individuality, and rejecting conventional paths.”

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