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Calm down, dear – it’s only a feminism festival

Posted at 1:30 pm, October 23, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
©Pretty Ugly

It’s been an interesting few years for feminism, what with David Cameron’s patronising remarks in the House of Commons where he told Angela Eagle MP to ‘calm down, dear’, a deluge of misogynist Twitter bullying and an increasingly vocal ‘No More Page 3’ campaign. So with all that and more for inspiration, the Camden People’s Theatre’s festival of feminism Calm Down, Dear should prove to be a rather dynamic and relevant affair.

One of the most talked about pieces in the mix of theatre, comedy, cabaret and talks is a show from performance artist Louise Orwin called ‘Pretty Ugly’ (above). It focuses on the unsettling trend of teenage girls posting videos of themselves and asking viewers to rate them in the comments below. Orwin discovered there are around 600,000 videos like this on YouTube, so decided to create her own versions. In our world of constant internet access, her findings were shocking.

Other events in the festival include the most recent Edinburgh Festival Foster’s Comedy award-winning show ‘A Bic For Her’ from Bridget Christie (Oct 27; 9pm); comedian Sara Pascoe’s show about the all-round female experience (Nov 7, 9pm) and the comic solo from novelist Alan Bissett, ‘Ban This filth!’ which draws on Alan’s own life and the life of American radical feminist Andrea Dworkin (Nov 5, 7.30pm).

Camden People’s Theatre’s festival of feminism Calm Down, Dear continues until November 22.

For more information see cptheatre.co.uk.

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