Sisters 

Lead artist/researcher: Stephanie Street

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In 2005 Stephanie Street began research on a verbatim play about British Muslim women, which was developed at The Facility, and Central School of Speech and Drama in July 2006. She is lead researcher and writer of the piece, working alongside a group of actors and a director, Ruth Carney, on the development of the play. It is going to be workshopped at the National Theatre Studio in September 2006.

The project, Sisters, is being developed using a similar process to that used by Tectonic Theatre Project to create The Laramie Project, which was: to research and interview for a verbatim piece in a collective, and to create a play from the transcripts using practical, theatrical means as well as conventional writing/editing practice.

Interviews have been conducted with a diverse group of Muslim women living in Britain. The development process is looking at ways to get the women (who were interviewed mainly in isolation) to talk to each other, as characters, across the social and ethnic boundaries that exist amongst them. The subject is ideal for verbatim theatre; there is a real social and political need to understand this community, but so few Muslim women are willing or able to speak out in person.


 

 

 
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