For its theme of protest, the CurvebALL Collective have decided upon a piece for Five Minute Theatre that celebrates the uniqueness of women and the strength of women unified.
Their segment is called Warriors, to be filmed in Glasgow’s world-famous George Square. A large-scale performance featuring women of all ages and backgrounds through physical investigation and empowerment, it is set to feature stage combat and contemporary dance techniques.
Warriors director Mahri Reilly told us: “The inspiration for Warriors came about as we [CurvebALL] were looking for ways to make physical theatre work with women
“I was initially drawn to the legendary tribe of Amazonian Warriors, a fierce dominant race of women who fought to the end to uphold their matriarchal beliefs. I was interested in the strength and power of these women and how they were all united for one cause.”
She added: “In Britain, in the current time of 2012, the women's rights movement is being lost and replaced by a false sense of female empowerment such as The Real Housewives of Orange County or The Only Way is Essex.
“What kind of role models are these to our young girls? In a society where image is everything and where the Conservative Party cuts family tax credits and childcare for working mothers, and where women are still hugely under-represented and underpaid in Britain's top earning jobs, what is to become of the women – the mother, the daughter – in future years?
“This Five Minute Theatre piece is our small protest against gender inequality.”
Mahri said of the location: “We chose George Square as it seemed to be the centre point for Glasgow. It is known to people throughout the world and draws a varied crowd, from commuters to tourists, from the upper class to the under class and it sits facing Glasgow City Chambers.
“As this version of Warriors is in the form of a flash mob, we hope it will be busy with people passing through to watch.”
As for those involved, she explained: “The performers are made up of professional artists, students and community performers including two men and two 10-year-old girls.
“We have all come together to protest and unite together for an equal world. Maryhill Integration Network have been an invaluable support to this work and we can't thank them enough. We also thank Conflux and Glasgow City Council for their in kind contributions to the project.”
Mahri added: “I do think that Five Minute Theatre provides a good opportunity for female empowerment as is enables people form all walks of life to come together for one cause.
“We then play, workshop, develop, chat and become friends. Our children become friends and the support and unity continues. CurvebALL is ran by three strong, empowered women and we want to share that with everyone we work with.”
Stay tuned into STV’s streaming of Five Minute Theatre at programmes.stv.tv/five-minute-theatre to watch the piece on Tuesday May 1, with sixty five-minute productions - from all over Scotland, the UK, and the rest of the world - scheduled for live performance and online streaming between 6pm and midnight.
- For more about CurvebALL visit: facebook.com/curvebALLcollective