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Voices in the Dark - Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JASMINE Lee-Jones, Sandi Toksvig, Tara Fitzgerald, Winsome Pinnock and Jason Isaacs will all take part in the Globe’s continuing series of Voices in the Dark events in 2020.

The Voices in the Dark series looks at the themes explored in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries through the lens of 21st century lived experience, art and activism.

These include Notes to the Forgotten She-Wolves (January 29–31 and February 18–19), and Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men (February 20) – one-off performances in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Notes to the Forgotten She-Wolves, directed by Athena Stevens, will see 20 writers spotlight the lives and work of women from the recent, distant and ancient past whose stories have been neglected or wrongly remembered.

Jasmine Lee-Jones, Catherine Mayer, Sandi Toksvig, Eve Leigh, Sabrina Mahfouz and Winsome Pinnock will all contribute to this anthology of new writing, with several writers performing their own work. Women whose lives will be illuminated include American aviator Bessie Coleman, Restoration playwright and poet Aphra Behn, paleontologist Mary Anning and writer and television presenter Paula Yates.

Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men, a new black comedy by actor and writer Lorien Haynes, directed by Tara Fitzgerald (Brassed Off, Game of Thrones), traces a woman’s relationship history backwards, exploring the impact of sexual assault, addiction and teen pregnancy on her adult relationships.

Presented in association with RISE and The Circle, all profits from this event will go towards supporting survivors of sexual violence.

Thanks in huge part to RISE’s work, the event will also mark the planned introduction of the Worldwide Sexual Violence Survivor Rights United Nations Resolution in January 2020, which addresses the global issue of sexual violence and pens into existence the civil rights of millions of survivors.

Cast for Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men will include Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The OA), Lorien Haynes (Egerton) Jonathan Firth (Victoria and Albert, Far From the Madding Crowd), Joe Sims (Britannia, Broadchurch) and Charlie Field (Poldark). Nobel-Prize nominee and founder of Rise, Amanda Nguyen, will introduce the evening.

Writers confirmed for Notes to the Forgotten She-Wolves include: Stella Duffy OBE, Emma Frankland, Matilda Ibini, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Eve Leigh, Sabrina Mahfouz, Catherine Mayer, Winsome Pinnock, Athena Stevens and Sandi Toksvig OBE.

Other contributing writers include: Kelly Burke, Sarah Grange, Jenet Le Lacheur, Kat-Rose Martin, Steph Martin, Christina Murdock, Amy Ng, Olivia Wakeford and Amanda Wilkin.