Boundless Theatre & Shoreditch Town Hall today announce that tickets for Flies by Charlotte Josephine are on sale. This new production will be directed by Boundless Associate Artist Elayce Ismail (Nanjing, Royal Court; Girls, Talawa, HighTide, Soho Theatre & The War of the Worlds, Northern Stage).
A Boundless Theatre and Shoreditch Town Hall co-production
I see you seeing me.
What are you looking at? Why’s no one talking about this? When’s it our turn?
Girls are done with stories about boys, done with stories by boys, done with all their looking.
Girls want to take up space, take centre stage, take the patriarchy and smash it. Girls just want to have fun, right?
You’re looking at me, I can see you looking at me. And I can see you’ve got no idea what it feels like to be seen
‘Flies’ is about girls being looked at by boys. It’s about hitting puberty and being smacked by the male gaze. The power and the shame, the pleasure and the fear that flies around your body when you’re constantly being looked at.
Flies started as a takedown of Lord of the Flies, it ends on a stage filled with young women.
Charlotte Josephine is an award winning actor and writer, their work includes ‘Bitch Boxer’, ‘BLUSH’ and ‘Pops’.
Flies is a Boundless Theatre Commission.
If you’re a boy reading this don’t be scared. ‘Flies’ is for you too. We want you to be there. We want you to see us, not watch us. We want to party together.
The production is a Boundless Theatre commission and a co-production with Shoreditch Town Hall. Opening on 22nd September 2020 the show will feature an ensemble of young women and an all-female creative team.
Notes for Editors:
22 September – 10 October 2020
Performance time: 19:30
380 Old St, Hackney, London EC1V 9LT
£18 (full price)
£15 (15 – 25 year olds)
Charlotte Josephine is an actress represented by Hatton McEwan Penford, and playwright represented by The Agency. They are co-artistic director of Snuff Box Theatre. Graduate of the Contemporary Theatre Course, East 15 Acting School, Charlotte’s first play ‘Perffection’ won a NSDF Commendation For Writing. ‘Bitch Boxer’ won the Soho Theatre Young Writers Award 2012, the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season 2012 and the Holden Street Theatres Award 2013. ‘Bitch Boxer’ is published by Oberon Books and is performed internationally.
Charlotte’s play ‘Blush’ enjoyed a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, winning a Stage Edinburgh Award. ‘Blush’ toured nationally in 2017, starting at London’s Soho Theatre in May. Charlotte’s monologue ‘Blue’ was awarded the National Octagon Prize by the Bolton Octagon, Charlotte has also won the BBC Screenplay First Award.
Elayce works in the UK and internationally as a freelance theatre and opera director, and dramaturg. She was the inaugural RTYDS Associate Director at Northern Stage in 2017/2018. Prior to this she was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio as the recipient of the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors in 2014/2015.
Direction includes: If Not Now, When? (NT); Nanjing (Royal Court/Shakespeare’s Globe/Royal Exchange Manchester/Birmingham Rep); Under Milk Wood, The War of the Worlds (Northern Stage); Girls (HighTide Festival/Soho Theatre/UK tour); Omeros, The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco, Chorus, Spooky Action at a Distance (Gate Theatre); The Lost Ring (Deutsches Theater Berlin); Stay Another Song (Young Vic); When I Am Queen (Almeida); They Whisper Don’t Gaze at the Stars… (ENO).
Recent opera as revival/associate director: 4:48 Psychosis (Opéra national du Rhin/Royal Opera House); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier); The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera House).
Boundless Theatre creates exhilarating, relevant and shareable theatre with and for teenagers, young adults and curious others, responding to a vibrant and diverse global culture. They promote conversation, collaboration and exchange across the UK, Europe and internationally. The company has continued to push the boundaries of work for this audience since it was established fifteen years ago. Under Rob Drummer’s artistic direction, the company has a bold new brand that celebrates the unlimited potential of our young adult audience. Beyond their work on stage they empower and inspire teenagers and young adults through a range of opportunities across the UK. Through the Associates programme and artistic development initiatives they invest in future artists now, and empower a new generation of artists to be extraordinary.
SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL
Welcoming over 70,000 people through its doors every year, Shoreditch Town Hall is an independent arts, events and community space housed in one of the grandest former civic buildings in the capital.
Introducing an arts programme just six years ago, and following £2.3m of capital investment, the Town Hall has rapidly established itself as a flagship cultural space for Hackney, London and beyond, with a year-round programme of bold and adventurous new theatre, music, dance, comedy, talks and events, alongside a range of learning, community and engagement activities.
With eight performance spaces ranging from 40 to 800 capacity, and a focus on developing new talent and original live performance that responds to our unique building, the Town Hall works with 130 artists, programmes over 60 productions, and commissions up to 8 new pieces of work every year.