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Celebrating women's voices
A hearty welcome to you all.
As we are busy planning for a programme of work across 2016 and writing funding applications, we thought we’d keep you posted on what our Dreadnought Associate Artists are up to...
Becca Hulbert has just finished a three-week tour with Gwaryteg of their play National Minority, which looked at what this status means in Cornwall. Following on from the success of last year, Becca is about to start rehearsals for The Yule-tide Ark-ive, Wild Works’ Christmas production at the Eden Project. She has also been producing a documentary with WILD Young Parents' Project, looking at identity, how we view ourselves, how we perceive others’ views of us, and self value. This was explored through poetry, art, music, dance and animation and will be released early next year.

Catherine Cartwright’s exhibition, ’16 Days of Action’, is at Exeter’s Brook Gallery during 25 November - 10 December, where Catherine’s original prints will be shown alongside selected work from Paula Rego's series on female genital mutilation. 
Held, Catherine Cartwright
There are a number of talks and events taking place at Brook across the period, including on Tuesday 8 December, 10.30am-12.30pm, when there is the opportunity to meet Catherine and view the films The Last Resident and The Refuge Manifesto, which were made with women affected by domestic and or sexual violence/abuse.

On Wednesday 9 December, 6.30-8pm, there will be a panel discussion about the hidden harm of domestic abuse, featuring Professor Marianne Hester OBE (Chair in Gender, Violence & International Policy, University of Bristol), Dr Charlotte Bishop (Associate Lecturer, School of Law, University of Exeter), and DCI Ben Beckerleg (Devon and Cornwall Constabulary lead for Domestic Abuse). You can book tickets here. Full details about ’16 Days of Action’ can be found here.
Nicci Wonnacott will be presenting a scratch performance of her feminist spoken word piece, The Mouth Manifesto, at Brook Gallery on Wednesday 9 December, 5.30-6pm. Nicci also collaborated with Catherine and filmmaker Josh Gaunt on The Refuge Manifesto, which was made following a 10-week art project with women affected by domestic and or sexual abuse/violence. You can also watch the film here – please feel free to share this important document.
Ruth Mitchell will be performing her beautiful solo show Homeward Bound at Paignton’s Palace Theatre on 30 October as part of the Doorstep Theatre Festival. Book tickets here.
Michelle Ridings will also be performing as part of the Doorstep Theatre Festival, in We’ll Meet in Moscow, which is on at South Devon College on 12 November [book tickets here]. The performance is part of a wider project on which Natalie McGrath is leading as an individual artist, with Dreadnought talent supporting it. There will be a second performance on 16 November at Exeter Phoenix [book tickets here]. 
As part of the wider project, We’ll Meet in Moscow has collaborated with Pride in Plymouth on a Crowdfunder campaign for In Other Words, which is providing the opportunity for five Plymouth-based LGBT writers to create short plays in response to the city’s award-winning LGBT Archive. Josie is supporting the writers to create the performance pieces, which will be shared at Plymouth’s Barbican Theatre in January 2016 as part of From Devon with Love, and in February as part of LGBT History Month. You can read Natalie’s blog about In Other Words here. You can see the Crowdfunder here – there are only seven days left to support this worthwhile project, so please take a look.
For more information about performances and associated events, please take a look at the project website. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Natalie at

All the best,

Natalie and Josie
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