What Comes Out Of Women?
There were several coincidences around me which made me create this show. First I happened to watch a film by Mike Leigh "Vera Drake" which provoked my fascination towards pregnancy and feminist issues. Then this made me think of my childhood in a traditional Japanese family, where people have different attitudes to gender. Then I found Dario Fo and Franca Rame's amazing one-woman monologue about feminism and pregnancy. Then at the time I was living in an area where we have many young families and you encounter young mothers with prams on every single bus you take. All of them merged into the idea of devising theatre about the theme of pregnancy, birth and a journey of a girl becoming mother. I also couldn't resist incorporating my ongoing fascination with time and generation which had made me create “How to walk in Barcelona” in 2006.
Kerry Phelan, Antigoni Spanou & Katharine Yates
Keiko is originally from Japan, she came to London 4 years ago as a complete theatre novis. In Japanese university, she studied Aesthetics.
Keiko graduated from the European Theatre Arts course BA (Hons) at Rose Bruford College in 2007. She has since worked for Home Live Arts, Tell Tarra theatre company, ChoppedLogic theatre company, Metis Arts, LOT Teatro (Peru) Ontroerent Goed (Belgium) and Station House Opera. She became one of the Young Apprentice Directors at The King's Head Theatre in January where she worked as an assistant director for "Darlings, You Were Wonderful!", "British Soil" and the new musical "Betwixt!" Recently she was an assistant director and stage manager for "One Nineteen" by Tim Stimpson produced by Net Curtains theatre company, since then she became a permanent member of the company as an assistant to artistic directors. She also works as a pianist at restaurants and a rehearsal pianist for opera singers. This is Keiko's debut as a director.
Antigoni Spanou was born in Athens, Greece. She moved to the UK at the age of 19 to study, where she successfully completed a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Genetics. In 2004 she was accepted in Rose Bruford College on the course of European Theatre Arts, from which she graduated in 2007 with a First Class degree. Her final year performance dissertation was selected by Battersea Arts Centre and presented as part of the BAC 2007 Graduate Festival in London.
Between October 2007 and January 2008 she undertook field research on an aspect of Spanish theatre, for which project she was awarded a Peter Kirk scholarship.
She is currently working as a freelance performer and at the same time is researching and developing her own methodology and practice.
Katharine trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris after studying French and Drama at Bristol University. Katharine has performed in and directed shows in the UK, France, Portugal, Martinique and Burkina Faso. In 2007 she founded Why Not Theatre, an international company dedicated to finding new ways of making theatre engaging and exciting.
Last year she worked with the French company Ici et Là on a new creation 'Georgette goes to the supermarket' which toured throughout Europe in 2007. Most recently Katharine performed as a dancer in The Magdalene Mysteries at the Southwark Playhouse with Elastic Theatre. She has worked at the National Theatre Studio as well as with companies including Théâtre de la Jeune Plume, The Special Guests, Company Paradiso and Westhill Productions.
Kerry Phelan is an accomplished and versatile actor, who trained at the renowned Guildford School of Acting.
Kerry’s stage appearances include ‘Swallow’ in The Happy Prince at Leicester Haymarket Theatre, ‘Ginny’ in Relatively Speaking, a Bruce James Productions, ‘Kitty Vedun’ in Charley’s Aunt, a Bruce James Productions, ‘Young Liz’ in Girls just wanna have fun, at the Churchill Theatre Bromley, ‘Jane’ in Bollywood Jane Leicester Haymarket Theatre, and ‘Aladdin’ in Aladdin at Loughborough Town Hall.
Kerry’s love of the arts means she enjoys working on new writing and performing in experimental workshops, to help new writers develop their plays. To this end she has worked closely with the Theatre Writing Partnership on a number of projects. She created the role of ‘Betty’ in The Scarlett Bus for Nottingham Playhouse, played ‘Sophie’ in The Princess of Bradford for The Theatre Writing Partnership.
Kerry takes part in the annual Lakeside Arts Festival developing a number of new plays through script slam workshops, most recently working with the Royal and Derngate Theatre on a number of new pieces in workshop stages lead by Roy Williams.
On TV Kerry appeared as a female victim in Crime Watch for the BBC and Played ‘Zac’ in Zac and men for the London Film School.