The festival will run from the 30th April until the 1st June.

(c)Harry Elletson.

Returning for its second year, Tara Theatre’s I’ll Say It Again festival celebrates women’s voices through theatre, music, comedy and dance across twenty one events.

The season of work included will range from focusing on historical figures like the indomitable trade unionist Mary Macarthur, to modern writer-broadcaster Natalie Haynes. It will combine new work and new ways to see the familiar, with a mixture of World Premieres, established artists and up-and-coming voices of tomorrow.

I’ll Say it Again will open with Nyla Levy’s timely play Does My Bomb Look Big In This? (Tuesday 30th April – Saturday 4th May), which shines a witty light on the lives of British-Asian teenagers. First drafted in 2016, Does My Bomb Look Big In This? is inspired by the Bethnal Green schoolgirls who left to join ISIS in 2016.

Meanwhile, Natalie Haynes returns to Tara Theatre with her World Premiere production of Natalie Haynes & Word Factory: Forgotten Women (Saturday 11th May). Presenting her unique take on ancient history and stand up, the writer, broadcaster and star of the BBC Radio 4 series Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, examines the legendary war that Helen’s beauty apparently launched and its terrible aftermath in Troy.

Other pieces to be featured in the festival include: Rosa Torr’s Bump to Tara (Monday 27th – Wednesday 29th May), a story of a young woman confronting her choices in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. Fran and Flora In Concert will close the festival on Saturday 1st June.

Artistic Director Jatinder Verma says: “From Helen to Yasmin, Diana to Angella and Nikita to Fran, I’m delighted that Tara Theatre is once again hosting the explosive creativity of ‘I’ll Say it Again!’ Last year’s inaugural season marked Britain’s centenary of women’s right to vote. In 2019, women artists look ahead, and back, to the flesh and blood of contemporary womanhood. I’ll Say it Again! promises to connect artists and audiences in joyous diversity at Tara Theatre.”

The I’ll Say it Again festival will take place at the Tara Theatre from the 30th April until the 1st June. For more information visit:https://www.tara-arts.com/festivals/ill-say-it-again