I Am No Bird
‘I Am No Bird’
A new show in development during February 2020.
‘I Am No Bird’ is a new show in development by award-winning theatre maker Sophia Hatfield of Stute Theatre, which explores the Bronte story in a new, modern light
Three sister dwell in a quiet Northern village. The everyday humdrum of life ticks in the background. The clock chimes every hour. The light is low, the rooms cold and an oppressive presence in the next room keeps their voices soft and hushed. But between their chores and tasks, they begin to shape their art. Every stitch sewn and every pot stirred, sparks new thoughts, new words. One by one they build a legacy that will outlive the forces that oppress them, until they finally break free from their cage and soar.
In a world designed to silence them, these women prevail to find their authentic voices, ‘half savage, hardy’ and, above all, ‘free’.
A Modern Female Perspective
This brand new show explores the creative journeys of the Bronte sisters and asks what it means to make art as a woman today. Exploring oppression, misogyny, coersive control and the spirit required to overcome them, this exciting new show reinterprets the words of the Bronte and opens the classic works to a brand new audience, finding echoes in their work that live on today. Live music, original songs, creative language and a new spoken word script will be influenced by interviews and workshops with women living and working in Yorkshire.
“Inventive, engaging and fast-paced. Loved your spoken word. I found the stories really intriguing and interesting and engaging.”
Stute Theatre are currently seeking expressions of interest from venues and partner organisations to help realise the first stage of the exciting new project.
What we are seeking:
· Support in making contact with female-led and female identifying community groups, youth groups and art groups for research workshops in West Yorkshire, Scarborough and Manchester/Lancashire.
· Support in making links with local schools in West Yorkshire, Scarborough and Manchester and in booking educational workshops.
· Support in identifying and securing alternative sources of match funding or income to support the project alongside Arts Council funding.