To help bring live theatre to audiences, Damsel Productions has announced Damsel Outdoors, a project that embraces theatre and
performance outside.

This new project will bring together an all women and non-binary inclusive team of four writers, four directors, four designers and Damsel’s two producers, Hannah Hauer-King and Kitty Wordsworth to create short pieces for the outdoors.

Each of the pieces staged could be either scenes, monologues, music, poetry and beyond – with the only requirement is that the piece is enhanced by being outdoors, not hindered.

The project will see writers Abi Zakarian (Fabric), Benedict Lombe (rise from the wreckage), Iman Qureshi (The Funeral Director), and Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country’s Good) working alongside directors Abigail Graham (Carmen the Gypsy, Arcola theatre and tour), Beth Pitts (Spine,
Soho Theatre and UK tour), Lakesha Arie-Angelo (soft animals, Soho Theatre), and Sita Thomas (The Rose and the Bulbul, Kadam). Damsel is also particularly keen to include designers from the beginning of the project, as there is a particular dearth of opportunities for designers during these times. Taking part are Anna Clock (I WANNA BE YOURS, The Albany, Bush Theatre and UK tour), Anna Reid (The Sweet Science of Bruising, Wilton’s
Music Hall), Khadija Raza (A History of Water in the Middle East, Royal Court Theatre), and Nicola Chang (White Pearl, Royal Court Theatre).

The company will also be working alongside councils within local communities to find accessible and exciting spaces to stage these pieces. Dates and locations will be announced in late July, with plenty of warning and in line with government mandates and social distancing measures. All the shows will be open for anyone to watch and free for all audience members.

Talking about the news Hannah Hauer-King and Kitty Wordsworth commented: “We have thought long and hard about what is a meaningful contribution during these difficult and strange times. We landed upon Damsel Outdoors as an expression of what we love about theatre
most: the live collective relationship between artists and their audiences.
As a small company, we are acutely aware of the limitations of our reach and just how many talented creatives are out there impacted by this pandemic. We hope this will be the start of many future outdoor projects to come, that include as many fantastic artists as possible. See
you outdoors!”

To find out more about Damsel Outdoors visit: http://damselproductions.co.uk/damsel-outdoors