Hello ladies, we wanted to tell you about a new play on in London next month. HEAR ME HOWL has been described as a bitingly honest portrayal of one woman’s personal revolution. For the rock-chicks amongst us, this is going to be a goodie and raise some thoughtful questions for debate. So here is the low-down…
It has been described as a bitingly honest portrayal of one woman’s personal revolution.
Jess is turning 30 when she presses pause on the conventional life she’s been living and joins a punk band. Sure, some might argue that punk is dead, others could say she should really stick to the day job, but the resounding concern is: shouldn’t she be settling down by now? From behind her drum kit, warming up for her very first gig, Jess lurches defiantly into an unknown future.
The play has been described as a moving but hilarious late coming-of-age story, of a woman suddenly questioning the social expectations of her prescribed gender, all whilst throwing herself defiantly into the noise and politics of post-punk, joining a band and playing an instrument for the first time.
While there have been many plays that have explored motherhood, pregnancy and the trouble women have to conceive, the play addresses the taboo issues of abortion and a woman’s choice to remain childless. The creators of the show say they want to shed light on this, to encourage discussion and greater acceptance of women who make this unrepresented choice.
The play is written by Soho Theatre Writer Alumnus and BFI Funny Girl Finalist Lydia Rynne and is the debut one-woman play of Lights Down Productions, a new theatre company dedicated to female voices. Led by an all-female team with JMK Directors Award Finalist Kay Michael as director and Fay Milton as the musical consultant – drummer of twice Mercury Award-nominated internationally renowned all-female punk band Savages
We watched one of Savage’s videos on YouTube, (a clip from The Ellen Show) and Savages are badass and super-chic.
We think Hear Me Howl sounds interesting, are we right?
Here are some fabulous women who have already seen it
We love hearing about women doing amazing and creative things and Lights Down Productions sounds impressive and very much needed. Ladies, we salute you!
It was set up by Caley Powell in January 2018 to produce new writing, particularly female writers. Hear Me Howl is her debut show but as a producer Caley has also produced Might Never Happen at The KingsHead Theatre, Never The Same at The Bridewell Theatre, Dubailand at the Finborough Theatre, Wendy House at The Vaults Festival and A Great Fear Of Shallow Living at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh Fringe 2017.
For now, you can watch Hear Me Howl at
The Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NJ Tuesday 18th – Saturday 29th September 2018 at 7:30pm. Saturday Matinee’s: 3pm