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Fast selected for WINDOWS Industry Showcase at Brighton Fringe Festival

Digital Drama is producing the new play Fast by Kate Barton at the Brighton Fringe Festival on 10th and 11th of May 2018. For tickets, click here:  tickets

Digital Drama are delighted that Fast has been selected for WINDOW, Brighton Fringe Festival’s Arts Industry showcase.

Fast is a dark psychological drama based on true events. Set at the turn of the previous century in an isolated region of the Pacific Northwest, the play examines the notorious ‘Doctor’ Linda Hazzard. Complex, beguiling and utterly driven, Hazzard advocated a fasting cure that gripped the press and divided the nation. Her ideas were not new, yet Hazzard was subjected to intense scrutiny. Was she pursued because she was a woman in a man’s world, or were there darker forces at play? As they take their seats, the audience are invited to journey with two of her patients, the wealthy Ashworth sisters, and to consider how far they would go to find the perfect cure.

Hazzard’s obsessions with diet were not confined to the early twentieth century, and playwright Kate Barton draws parallels with our modern day anxieties about ‘clean eating’ and fasting for health. The play explores our unfailing belief in those with the title ‘doctor’, drawing links with contemporary public figures who use the title in the same way as Hazzard to command respect.

Writer Kate Barton:

“I am particularly elated that Fast is going to be produced at the Brighton Fringe Festival by Digital Drama as I have just graduated from Cambridge with a Distinction for my first play and am now preparing to leave a ten-year teaching career to turn professional. I have known Kate Valentine of Digital Drama since 2013, when she commissioned me to write a short play for children as part of the International Youth Arts Festival and I have had the privilege of her mentorship ever since that time.”

Director Kate Valentine:

“Digital Drama are delighted that our production of Fast by Kate Barton has been selected as part of WINDOWS at the Brighton Fringe Festival. We think this play is going to find a huge audience, with its topical themes of health and diet and the strong female characters pushing the dark psychological drama.”

By | 2018-02-20T10:32:47+00:00 20 February 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Silk, Satin and Suffrage Short Film Launched

To commemorate the 100 years since some women got the vote and the passing of the Representation of the People Act, Digital Drama have made a short film  ‘Silk, Satin and Suffrage’ celebrating the women who designed, made and paraded the suffrage banners as part of their campaign for their voting rights.

This video is being featured as part of the Votes For Women exhibition at the Museum of London.

By | 2018-02-06T14:12:09+00:00 6 February 2018|Heritage, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Deeds Not Words Wins at Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival

Digital Drama’s Alison Ramsey has won one of only 5 awards presented at the Imperial War Museum’s Short Film Festival for Deeds Not Words; Suffragette Surgeons of WWI.

Close to 700 films were submitted this year, with 38 short listed and 5 awards given at the Festival’s launch event at the Imperial War Museum London. Director Alison Ramsey of Digital Drama was awarded  the prize for Best Use of Archive Material for the short film made as part of the larger Heritage Lottery funded project Deeds Not Words exploring the women who set up and ran the first military hospital in WWI in London’s Covent Garden. Particularly praised for bringing these inspiring women’s stories alive through the use of archive media and additional sound, the film features medical historian Dr Jennian Geddes, Annie Fox, granddaughter of a young orderly working at the hospital and is narrated by Women’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey. The film is showing as part of the IWM Short Film Festival in November 2017, will be shown at the Picture House in Soho on the 6th of December and is also available to watch on line below and on the Deeds Not Words project website.

By | 2018-01-08T14:23:16+00:00 19 November 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

100 Banners

To commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, 100 Banners are being created by communities across London to feature in various events in the capital to mark the anniversary of women first getting the vote.

Partnering with museums, archives and arts organisations across Greater London, Digital Drama have been working with community groups and artist Becci Kenning of www.art-in-transit.com to create 100 Banners inspired by the suffrage banner collection held in the archives of the Women’s Library at LSE.

100 Banners is an artistic response to the campaigns run by Suffragettes and Suffragists in their ambition to achieve women’s equal voting rights. The artistic process captures and celebrates the decorative craft skills historically associated with women’s art, and explores their political and subversive potential.

To mark the anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, the 100 Banners will be part of the national commemorations and be processed by the makers of the banners at the March4Women on March 4th from Parliament to Trafalgar Square, led by Helen Pankhurst, will feature at the Royal Albert Hall on International Women’s Day on March 8th, and at the WOW Festival at the Southbank on the 11th of March 2018. A selection of 100 Banners will then be displayed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Women’s Library at the London School of Economics, the House of Lords and various partner venues around Greater London during 2018.

Project Partners for 100 Banners include; Museum of London, Kensington Royal Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Museum of Croydon, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Headstone Museum, Brent Museum, artsdepot, Anstee Bridge, Merton Heritage and Studies Centre and various WI groups across London.

100 Banners is funded by a £95,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £2,900 from the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

By | 2018-02-19T14:35:14+00:00 4 October 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Deeds Not Words is a great success

Deeds Not Words, the immersive drama produced by Digital Drama, was a sell out success for the eight performances in Covent Garden.

Staged in the Swiss Church on Endell Street, Deeds Not Words was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Depicting the lives and work of the the suffragette medics who set up and run the Endell Street Military Hospital, the production had a cast and crew of over 30 and an audience who were immersed in the action in their role as the War Office Committee, assessing a funding increase request but actually seeking signs of suffragette militancy.

After such a positive reception to the play, Digital Drama are planning further performances of Deeds Not Words and will release dates on this website in the autumn.

 

By | 2017-08-02T07:58:32+00:00 25 July 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments