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Rise 2018

Rise 2018

Written by The Belgrade Young Company, Directed by Justine Themen

Following the success of Rise in 2017, the Belgrade Young Company revived Rise for the For/With/By Festival 2018, and featured a company of some of the Belgrade’s best young female performers to emerge from our youth groups in recent years. Rise was presented at the Birmingham REP on Tuesday 31st July 2018.

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.

A Directors note from Justine Themen:

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 face, despite 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.