for all the women who thought they were Mad
by Zawe Ashton
Lately, it’s small things.
Every day anguish, becomes madness.
Call on your family.
Call on the ancestors.
Can they guide you home?
“we are pearl and earth and root
we know ourselves to be natural and complete
carved from rock that floats
but we should still be careful what we wish for
some of us can sink in the upstream”
for all the women who thought they were Mad is an urgent piece of theatre examining the miriad of forces that collide and conspire against women of colour living in contemporary Britain today.
Zawe Ashton is a novelist, poet, playwright, filmmaker and actor. She most recently starred on stage in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal alongside Tom Hiddleston and in the film Velvet Buzzsaw alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Her first novel Character Breakdown was published this year.
Stoke Newington Town Hall is a beautiful listed 1930s art deco building which we are transforming into our pop up theatre for this production.
Our bar will be open 1 hour before the start of each performance, serving drinks and snacks.
Stoke Newington Town Hall
Stoke Newington Church Street
73, 393, 476
Stoke Newington (15 mins walk)
Route with least walking:
476 bus from Seven Sisters tube
Stoke Newington Town Hall is a wheelchair accessible venue.
There will be a BSL interpreted performance on Monday 28 October, signed by Jacqui Beckford.
Monday 21 October 6.45pm
A special and intimate evening with Zawe Ashton & cast.
We’ll be welcoming guests with a pre-show drinks reception with specially selected wines, whilst local chef & friend of Zawe Ashton, Troy Cundy will be serving up gastronomic delights, plus a few words of welcome from our Chair of Trustees, Dawn Walton.
Following the show, the evening will end with an informal conversation with the writer, cast & creative team.
Please join us for a truly memorable evening.
Please note seating is unreserved, apart from a small number of ‘Best Seats’. Best Seat bookers will be given tickets for their reserved seats on arrival.
Photography by Benji Reid
Supported by Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust & Cockayne Foundation