For / With / By: Belgrade Youth Theatre - Rise
Girls are defying the rules. Making waves. Shining bright. They can be anything they want to be. Can't they?
Frustrated by their experiences of everyday sexism, a group of young women hijack a van and go on a road trip to seek solace from their pop idol, the Queen Bey. But things don't work out quite as planned, and the young women have to look elsewhere to find a way forward in their own lives.
The idea for the show initially came from a sense of the power of young women today, a desire to celebrate their vibrancy and diversity. As we worked, however, there was an increasing sense of the very real challenges that young women continue to face, despite it being almost 100 years since women got the vote. Indeed, we started to wonder whether it is the very progress that the gender equality movement has made over the last century that risks masking the ongoing challenges for young women - such as how sexual harassment and gender norming work against them fulfilling their potential and impact their day-to-day lives. RISE is a call to action from a group of 10 young women, challenging all of us to think of our own role in perpetuating damaging gender stereotypes, stereotypes that hold us all back, men and women alike.
The Belgrade Young Company seeks to give youth theatre members, showing particular talent or commitment to a career in the performing arts, an opportunity to create a piece of work in a close-to-professional context. They work with a range of artists, and also learn through peer support and collaboration. This show is based on the experiences of the company members, and wordsmithed by one of our Critical Mass writers, Liz Mytton, whose debut play RED SNAPPER was produced at the Belgrade last year.
For / With By: Festival Of European Youth Theatre is generously supported by Ramps on the Moon, Baron Davenport's Charity and The Golsoncott Foundation.
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