International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, the Bristol Improv Theatre are offering a variety of events, inspired by the theme of ‘Being a Difficult Woman’, in collaboration with artists from Kiota, Breathing Fire, Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa & Story Slam Bristol. With support from Bristol Women’s Voice.

We believe the word ‘difficult’ is used for women who challenge expectations by speaking up against oppression and inspiring positive change. We believe that improvisation, artistic practice and coming together can embolden and empower. 

Women: you can learn how to release your anger with composer & vocalist Aisha Ali (Kiota), challenge labels with Playback Theatre experts Ruth Pitter & Vanessa Boyawar (Breathing Fire) & practice unapologetic with theatre-maker Imogen Palmer (The Delight Collective).

Men: join other like-minded men to explore how the patriarchy impacts on you and use improv skills to practice challenging oppressive language or behaviour

All are welcome at Friday’s free storytelling event, hosted in collaboration with Story Slam Bristol. This event is free and we invite attendees to donate to the crowdfunder for Houria, a project which aims to end modern slavery & offers training, safe employment and a sense of belonging to migrant women in a Bristol-based, Pan-African catering company. 

See the Women’s Voice website for a full range of activities happening in celebration of International Women’s Day. 

Join us online this year to own and celebrate difficult women everywhere. 

In the words of Audre Lourde:

‘Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. ‘