Vamos Theatre has been part of a project marking this year’s anniversaries in the journey for the rights of women in British society. Shoulder to Shoulder, a co-project between The Play's the Thing Theatre Company, Cornerstone and Royal & Derngate, brought venues, theatre companies and community groups from across Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire together to create five new performances that looked at the impact of the last 100 years of social and political change for women.
Vamos Theatre worked with students from Abingdon & Witney College in Oxfordshire on a full mask production called Deeds not Words, inspired by suffragette Emily Wilding Davison and examining martyrdom, oppression and victimisation spanning from 1918 to the modern day. Students performed the piece at Cornerstone, Didcot and at a special celebration event at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton.
Chris Gunter, who directed the group for Vamos Theatre, was full of praise for the students taking part, saying:
“I was incredibly impressed with the quality of their character creation and their willingness to engage with the darkest depths of the subject matter. The students were always willing, deeply committed, shrewd in their observations and generous in their ensemble skills. It has been an real pleasure."
Thank you to everyone who helped make the project a success, including the students and staff at Abingdon & Witney College, technical crews at Cornerstone and Royal & Derngate, and the Shoulder to Shoulder project team.