It’s time to wake our Sisterhood!
Acclaimed theatre company Kriya Arts and award-winning director Andrea Brooks (Zygo Arts) form a new Sisterhood. The world stands on a precipice, the patriarchy standing watch – flaming torches aloft – threatening to burn the greatest woman of them all. Mumma Earth.
Sisterhood is a call to dis-arm the patriarchy through community, to treat ourselves and each other with the respect, grace and honour that Mumma Earth - the divine feminine - requires, because all feminine aspect are facets of SHE. All those who identify as women need to make it safe for each other, not by calling each other out and finger pointing, but by calling each other in.
In the 15th and 16th Centuries women were set against one another in the infamous European witch trials; daughters were set against mothers, younger women against older women, friends against friends, neighbours against neighbours… Is it any wonder that the idea of Sisterhood has been left in ashes?
“Women don’t have to agree with each other. They don’t even have to like each other. That’s not the point… To challenge patriarchy, create change and begin to heal the wound of the witch trials, women DO have to support other women who dare to speak their truth. Even if it’s completely different to their own. It takes bloody courage to stand up as a woman owning your power. Ask Joan of Arc.” - Witches by Lisa Lister
A fearless adventure into the dark heart of a paradigm shift…
Three women, aged 20, 40 and 60 (But not a virgin, mother or hag in sight) set about unpicking the fine weave of existence, re-examining with fresh and furious eyes the threads of gender, fertility, sexual assault, our collective future and the state of feminism today.
This new interactive show by Jolie Booth, creator of highly acclaimed one woman show HIP, and producer of both the award-winning Backstage in Biscuit Land and Rhum and Clay’s TESTOSTERONE, Sisterhood is a newly devised multimedia tale introducing you to a sisterhood caught between two timelines: the witch trials of the 16thC and modern-day women facing a world in political and environmental upheaval.
Sisterhood transports the audience, in this extra-live performance, to a church cell in Wilmington, where three women await their trial in the morning. Soothing and passionate storytelling interweaves the stories of these three women with vestiges from the performers own lives, to reveal an immediate and clear association.
As the analogue world disappears into the mists of time Sisterhood questions what kind of world we are leaving to our daughters of the digital age. And how, like the phoenix, we can resurrect our sisterhood from the ashes of patriarchal rule.
Praise for highly acclaimed emerging theatre company Kriya Arts:
★★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★ Latest Magazine (for HIP)
Praise for director, Andrea Brooks:
★★★★★ Guardian (for The Dog Beneath The Skin);
★★★★★ Guardian, ★★★★★ Time Out, ★★★★ Evening Standard
(for The True History of The Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana… The Ugliest Woman in the World)
Follow Jolie's blog as she develops the show
Jolie Booth is theatre maker, independent producer, writer and director of Kriya Arts. At the forefront of the extra-live movement, she brought her highly-acclaimed one-woman extra-live show HIP to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016. She recently co-produced the celebrated TESTOSTERONE by Rhum and Clay Theatre Company and Backstage in Biscuit Land by Touretteshero, both of which were part of the British Council Showcase, and in previous years produced three productions as part of Tangram Theatre's Scientrilogy. As a writer, her first novel The Girl Who’ll Rule the World was published by King’s England Press in 2016 and her follow up novel Never Worn was published in 2018 as part of her Saturn Returns series.
Jules Craig trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College, and a voice coach at Central School of Speech and Drama. Acting work includes: Tours with Arc Ensemble, Theatre Adad, ESC, Pied Piper, M6 and Root Experience, and the roles of Rosa in Berlinernacht (Brighton Fringe), Felicity in Genetics for Blondes (Soho Theatre/Assembly Rooms), Caliban in ‘The Tempest’ (Hush Hush Ensemble), Mother in ‘Boy’, (The Wolsey), and Dogberry in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (BSC). A tour of her one woman show ‘Edith, Elizabeth and I’, inspired by the life of the poet, Edith Sitwell toured nationally in 2016, supported by the Arts Council. She currently teaches at Identity Drama School, and is Head of Voice at A.C.T, in Brighton.
Andrea Brooks was Artistic Director of Zygo Arts, an award-winning theatre and arts company working in the UK and internationally, most recently in Georgia. She trained at the Drama Centre and has worked as a freelance director and business trainer and mentor. She is an Associate Artist at BAC, London and Head of MA Acting at E15 Drama School.
Caragh Rose-Bailey is a costume maker and historical re-enactor at award winning Tudor re-enactment Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, Suffolk.
Alberta Jones is a production designer and illustrator. Sisterhood is her second project working with Kriya Arts, leading from the success of HIP which they created in 2016. She is also the co-founder and artistic director of Lucky Bert Ltd. a live art and performance design collective formed with long-term collaborator Cherry Truluck. Lucky Bert’s work spans the genres of installation and live art, theatre design and architecture - www.albertajones.com / www.luckybert.com
Jess Bernberg is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the 2018 Laboratory Associating Lighting Designer at Nuffield Southampton Theatres. She received the Association of Lighting Designer’s Francis Reid Award in 2017. She has regularly assisted Lee Curran.
Mish Maudsley is a highly creative Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Artist is responsible for the Sisterhood’s branding and visual identity. She has spent the last 18 years working across web, brand & print design, for a broad range of exciting clients. Her other life as an artist has seen her paint walls in many places around the world, creating vibrant, colourful artwork that can’t be ignored. Design - www.studiomishfit.com / Art - www.mishfit.com
Jamie-Rae Tanner is a trainee Public Health Consultant in the West Midlands with extensive experience of analysing health and social care datasets from working as a statistician and an analyst in the NHS.