Dames Q&A livestream: How has Denise Gough inspired the next generation of female actors?

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I missed a trick with my questions last night at the world premiere of DAMES, the surreal comedy about six millennial women who meet in a nightclub loo, which marks the playwriting debut of Charlotte Merriam and the producing debut of Siberian Lights, the company she co-founded with three of her peers at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. The question I forgot to ask: what’s the meaning of the name of this female-centric collective?

Here’s the answer. It’s inspired by a quote from a role-model actress, Olivier Award winner Denise Gough, who said:

“We’ve all got little tents in Siberia, and if we were to just poke our heads out and talk to each other, we could have a party.”

Merriam, Arabella Neale, Olivia Elsden and Ellie Heydon poked their heads out of their tents to set up Siberian Lights in 2015 as a support network for themselves and other young female theatremakers, “a place where we can celebrate and unite like-minded creatives by giving them a platform into the industry and a playground to flex their acting muscles”.

DAMES, a celebration of female friendship, has been born from that creative collaboration and is the first of what, I hope, is many Siberian Lights productions. The four co-founders perform the play, along with Bianca Stephens, Melanie Stevens and, also onstage providing musical and technical accompaniment, sound designer Joshua Bowles.

I was joined by all seven for last night’s post-show Q&A at The Pleasance, nearly as raucous if not quite as rude as the totally bonkers play itself (I kept my bra on!). Watch the full post-show Q&A livestream below.

DAMES continues until 29 April 2018 at The Pleasance in London. See TerriPaddock.com for more video, top tweets and event photos…

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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