22 September - 10 October 2020
Written by Charlotte Josephine
Directed by Elayce Ismail
A BOUNDLESS THEATRE AND SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL 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 male gaze 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 what it feels like to be suddenly and constantly looked at. 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.
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.
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).