The theatrically titled ‘Drama Queens’ is an armchair drama group without the limelight – informal play readings for women, with no performance at the end. Women are invited to come along and read but they are also welcome to come and listen.
Lindsay Dunbar, founder of Play Pieces, explained that the idea of bringing Drama Queens events to Inverness came about after researching the need to support female theatre makers in the Highlands.
“Early this year we looked into reasons we weren’t getting as many theatre proposals from women across the Highlands.” she said. “The feedback was overwhelming, indicating the need for more opportunities, a stronger network and increased confidence. Drama Queens is a great example of an event which can address all of those issues and I’m really grateful to Highland Council who are supporting these events.”
Teaming up with Glasgow Women’s Library, who have been running Drama Queens successfully for the last 4 years in Glasgow, means participants can access a wealth of scripts written by female playwrights over the course of the coming year.
“These will be really informal events combining short scene readings with longer, full-length script readings as confidence increases in reading aloud.” Lindsay went on to explain. “Everyone is welcome, they don’t need to be an experienced writer or performer, we aren’t expecting any acting but we do hope people will have fun with it.”
While the events will be taking place in Inverness throughout 2018, Lindsay confirmed her ambitions to reach as many women across the Highlands with a rather unusual approach.
“I’d be very interested to find out if there are women living in more rural areas who would like to take part in an online Drama Queens event. It would be amazing to have a reading with women from Lochaber, Skye, the Western Isles, Caithness and maybe event Orkney or Shetland. To hear a collection of rural voices reading from the same script could be really inspiring.”
Lindsay hopes this is just the start of support available for female theatre makers in the Highlands next year.
“We have another project which links to Drama Queens which we hope will happen later in the year. It’s important to us to see new theatre work being created by women in the Highlands so we want to do something that will support this. Drama Queens will be fantastic for creating a network of women passionate about theatre, then we need to see what they would like to create for the stage.”
Dates for Drama Queens will be announced in the New Year but if anyone is interested in a free place then they can get in touch with Play Pieces Arts on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.