Marking the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain
The first WLM groups in Britain started in 1969. This was also the year when Jane Arden’s iconic play Vagina Rex and the Gas Oven was staged at the Arts Lab Drury Lane, the first WLM play in Britain.
Illustrated talks by Susan Croft, panels including individuals involved in the movement and staged readings from key early feminist plays (or various combinations of the above) are available to book to mark this important year.
Exhibitions of posters and other artifacts are also available. 2020 marks the anniversary of the first WLM conference at Ruskin College, Oxford and 2021 that of the first modern International Women’s Day march in Britain so if you would like to book or plan ahead for an event at a later date or as part of International Women’s Day / Women’s History Month celebrations, that’s also a possibility. For further details please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent talks include:
Workers, oral history and the alternative theatre movement in the 1970s and 80s and beyond,
at Visions of the workplace: missing from the record, part of Britain at Work (B@W) 1945-95 in association with British Universities’ Industrial Relations (BUIRA) IR History Group and Oral History Society (OHS), Saturday 11 May 2019, 11am – 16.45pm, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS, (opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube), Room C279 (lunch C287) Details
Alternative Theatre in Westminster: a Virtual Guide
Staged at the old Soho Poly Theatre as part of the University of Westminster’s Difference Festival, Feb 2019, and in 2018 for the 90th anniversary of Westminster Reference Library.
A detailed exploration of alternative theatre history in the borough, copiously illustrated with slides, maps, audio-video extracts and staged readings by actors from selected plays.
If you would like to commission a performance of this event or a version for your city, borough or community please contact us.
Feminist Theatre: a Celebration of Working Women
Hosted by the LESE TUC Women’s Rights Committee for International Women’s Day, March 2019.
A talk on how in the 1970s and 80s working women in theatre challenged representations and the roles on offer to them and became campaigners for change, and how women’s theatre companies developed and toured plays to women in factories, one o’clock clubs, community centres, pubs and clubs to encourage activism, support strikes and present richer, more complex images of female experience. With slides, songs, interview extracts, and archive film.
Talks & Workshops Offered
Unfinished Histories can offer a range of tailor-made workshops, talks and presentations to organisations, venues, universities, colleges and schools, on themes relating to the work and practices of alternative theatre.
Unfinished Histories theatre workshops give participants the chance to investigate different creative practices employed by the alternative theatre movement and look at how these ideas can be used to develop performance pieces of their own. Email us for details
Talks and Presentations
We are able to offer talks and presentations on a variety of alternative theatre topics including:
>The history and practices of alternative theatre
>Women’s theatre companies
>Black and Asian theatre companies
>The work of Unfinished Histories
>Documenting and archiving
Talks and presentations draw on material taken from our oral history interviews and the archive material we have located and documented.
Oral History Workshops
Training and advice on how to set up and run oral history projects including technical expertise.