City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Strange Theatre: Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves


By Lindsay Corr - Posted on 02 March 2012

The earth is trembling with the promise of a new wave as Strange Theatre present a mini-festival which kicks off this evening at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, centred on the company’s newly devised play for the 101st International Women’s Day, entitled Goddess .

Directed by Caitlin Skinner and performed by Suzanne Dance, Kari Ann Shiff and Belle Jones, Goddess explores female identity in an ancient and modern Scotland by drawing on the Scottish mythology of the maiden, mother and crone goddesses. Director Caitlin Skinner explains the sparking point:

“We wanted to create a more open theatre making process so we have been engaging with women and men through public workshops and social media to find out what the current issues and concerns are. We want to make a piece of theatre that really relates to where we are now as well as drawing on where we have come from.”

The ancient story, which focuses on the beginnings of a new patriarchal order following thousands of years of egalitarian tribal life, intertwines with the tale of three modern women living in urban Scotland today and coping with the expectations of sexuality, motherhood and ageing as seen by them through a twisted media obsessed disconnected lens.

Women’s History Month is honoured by Strange Theatre’s surrounding arts festival including art exhibition I Am Woman –  presenting a range of works from established, emerging and community artists –  while the Centre’s monthly Café Voices is lead by Strange Theatre's Rachel Amey who presents performance poetry inspired by women through the ages. There is also a workshop to explore the goddess figure throughout history and literature in more detail. 

www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk for full details

0131 556 9579 to book

*Lindsay is Marketing Officer at the Scottish Storytelling Centre