As part of our October #PerceptionFest, A Dangerous Woman tells the story of one woman’s struggle to carve her own path in a family of six women. Women who are both allies and enemies. The play is based on Manjeet’s own experiences, and explores what happens when you dare to challenge conformity, and make your voice heard. With the show having just opened at Birmingham Rep, she’s a busy woman, but we grabbed her to find out a bit more about the show…
- What, if anything, scares you about creating A Dangerous Woman?
It’s very exposing being on stage on my own, telling a personal story and the fear of judgement that will come with that. It’s also a simple, quiet play, a story telling piece more than a ’show’, so I definitely feel quite vulnerable without set or loud music to hide behind. However, I feel it’s an important story that needs to be told so face the fear and all that!
- What do you hope audiences will take away from watching A Dangerous Woman?
Take courage and dare to be dangerous! The show has just opened at The Birmingham Rep and the responses have been really positive. I’ve had a lot of women come up to me after shows reeling off the need to take courage in their lives.
- Can you tell us one other show/event in the festival that you’re excited about?
Firstly, I’m liking the sound of everything that’s on during this festival. If I have to choose one it would be I walk in your words. I’m always drawn to real stories, and nothing gets more honest than verbatim theatre.
- What part do you think theatre can play in changing perceptions?
I think theatre can play a huge role in changing perceptions and even lives. There’s no doubt about it. Theatre can offer escapism but watch the right play at the right time and it can transform how you might think about something. Which is why participatory projects and verbatim theatre are so important, as it’s a chance to hear someones truth, and from truth comes change.
A Dangerous Woman will be at Omnibus Theatre from Wed 11 – Thu 12 Oct, as part of our October festival, Perception 2017. For more information or to book tickets, click here.