York International Women's Week 2019 - this was our 20th annual production!

What does resilience mean to you?

....something we need
both personally & globally
in today's uncertain times....

childhood memories from World War II
ancestors who settled in New Zealand
African women's resilience
an art project by Indigenous Canadian women
the life challenges faced by a woman from India
marriage conflict with the audience interventions
a Jewish refugee family and how to keep calm
and courteous as a cyclist !

Extracts available to suit your needs.
Enquiries to Sue Lister, Artistic Director, 01904 488870

Friday 1st March 19 (7.30-9.30pm)
Saturday 2nd March 19 (2-4pm)
Quad South Hall, York St John, Lord Mayor's Walk, York YO31 7EX
Tickets on the Door £6 (£5 concession)



ageing without children

through choice, circumstance, infertility, bereavement, estrangement or distance

No we're not kidding - we're giving a voice to the millions of older people who are ageing without the support of children - ageing at home alone...not knowing who to call when in sudden need of a helping hand. It's all part of the loneliness and isolation which is so prevalent in today's society. Ten scenarios are available to springboard discussion at conferences, board meetings, workplaces - a chance to get both head and heart engaged.

(created for York International Women's Week 2018)

AWOC York is a monthly group started in Jan. 2016 with speakers exploring what can be done to help older people to cope with and plan for a future on their own.

all enquiries to Sue Lister 01904 488870
AWOC York Coordinator & RPT Artistic Director



Using 3 statues of a mother and daughter responding as best they can:
on diagnosis
living with dementia
last stages in a care home
Sharing their inner thoughts and feelings at each stage and then inviting audience members to step into their shoes and share how they might respond.

This sharing of life experiences, insight and feelings can act as a springboard for discussion and learning, foster a greater awareness of personal responses to dementia and provide positive ways of living and dealing with it. It can be used either as a presentation or as a workshop with peers, staff or public - for empowerment, training, or awareness raising. Available for booking from March 2013.
Real People Theatre also has a selection of life stories (Paper Bag People) and a selection of forum theatre scenes (Encounters) to offer. See below. We are creative and flexible and can tailor-make something to suit your needs.
Please contact Sue to discuss booking possibilities: 01904 488870.


created for
York International Women's Week 2012


Through life stories, poetry and audience discussion we look at why so many women hide part of themselves for fear of prejudice and social exclusion - it's as if they wear paper bags which mask the 'shameful' parts. Why is this necessary in today's society? What is so shameful about having mental health problems, being a lesbian, suffering from domestic violence, being prey to an addiction or having a hidden disability? When will it be safe to come out...?

This show was part of York International Women's Week and is available for booking from March 2012 onwards for workshops, peer empowerment, staff training, conferences, and events where discussion of these issues is a key factor. Let us know your needs and we will tailor a presentation to support your work - through life stories, poetry and forum theatre (see Encounters below).

Phone Sue Lister, Artistic Director, to discuss possibilities: 01904 488870


A Forum Theatre Production
created for York International Women's Week 2011

A homeless older woman pauses to rest on a step in front of a souvenir shop. How do the passers by and the shop owner react?

A woman with a learning difficulty dreams of travelling in Europe. How do her support worker and the supervisor deal with this idea?
A woman with a history of bipolar applies for a job as a tutor in Health Sciences at a university. Is she a suitable applicant? What sort of job is she fit to do?

An ageing woman in a care home has motor neurone disease and wants help to die…but her partner, a woman, is dead. What are the prejudices she faces in order to have her wishes met?

A well-educated refugee from Nigeria and her children find themselves housed on a Peckham council estate next door to a BNP supporter and a Jamaican woman who has worked all her life in the NHS. How can they survive prejudice from both sides?
Each of these scenes is available as a springboard for future awareness raising, conferences, workshops, or peer empowerment. The Real People Theatre can also work with client groups to tailor-make appropriate scenes for use with peers or for staff training. Consider making good use of this York women's company to further your own work. Artistic Director, Sue Lister, welcomes your interest:


Past Productions