HERSTORY

The Real People Theatre is a women's theatre company whose first production, Immediate Family, toured Yorkshire in 2000.

Cast collaborations, The Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary Women and Women on the Spot, were presented for York International Women’s Week in March 2001 and toured in 2002.

In 2003 we created Turning Points, a Forum Theatre production available to groups & organisations across Yorkshire who wanted to look at issues through interactive theatre.

In 2004-05 we presented a one-act play, Holding the Granny, which looked at life in a family from the point of view of three generations of women...and a quirky cat!

A Question of Power was the title of a 3-year series of productions starting in 2006 in collaboration with women from different cultures and organisations. The aim was to explore the nature of power, both personal and global, through the eyes of women for 3 consecutive York International Women's Week celebrations.

Sunny Side Up was our theme for 2009 and women gathered to explore the humourous side of life through drama, poetry, song and music.

In 2010 a Poetry Workshop successfully offered presentational skills to women participants.

2012 saw the launch of Paper Bag People. The life story of a 75 year old lesbian in a care home continues to be in demand as a springboard for raising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender awareness; as is the 2011 forum theatre scenario from Encounters enabling audience interaction in Care Home Concerns.

2013 saw the creation of Dementia & Me which continues to enable care homes, conferences, workshops, staff and volunteers from many different organisations to share thoughts and feelings and ways to cope positively with dementia. At a cost of £75 + expenses, you too may be interested in booking this presentation.

In 2014 the cast wrote and performed 5 scenes showing how society has viewed lesbian relationships from the 19th to the 21st century starting with Anne Lister's Ladies and we went on to perform at Anne's home, Shibden Hall near Halifax, to a packed audience.

2015 brought an exploration into death and dying with Exit - drama, poetry, images, music and song and plenty of audience interaction enabled lively discussion and a chance to grasp the nettle and re-consider death as part of life and something we will all have to come to terms with.

 

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