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Women of Aktion

Event date Event time Event location
03/10/2018 - 17/11/2018 Different locations in the UK and Germany

“Women of Aktion” is a new play about the end of the First World War from the perspective of German women. It is based on research by Professor Ingrid Sharp and Dr Corinne Painter, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and written by Bent Architect.  Catch it if you can!  Full tour dates are available here: http://www.bentarchitect.co.uk/women-of-aktion.html 


It's the 1930's and a young Joan Littlewood has walked out of RADA and stomped her way north, searching for the revolution. She reaches Manchester and finds kindred spirits, an industrial solidarity, and a determination to hear the voices of dissent - at the Rusholme Rep! There she embarks on a production with Ernst Toller, German anarchist and ex political prisoner. His play, “Draw The Fires”, tells of the story of the Kiel Uprising that brought the First World War to its knees. But Joan doesn't like the play, it’s all too male, where are the women she demands to know?!

They say history is written by the victors. But whose voices can you hear when you read between the lines?

In this imagined piece, Bent Architect expertly weave newly unearthed verbatim histories of the women of Kiel with the radical force of Littlewood in her early Manchester years, to hear those voices resound afresh, to reveal a new, hitherto barely considered truth about a war which engulfed the world, which was brought to an end when ordinary people rejected conflict in favour of peace.

About the project

Read further background about the the AHRC-funded project on this download 'Women of Aktion: Putting revolutionary women centre stage (PDF, 377KB)'.

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