Monthly Archives: October 2012

What no sex?

Whoop 'n' Wail

This week Ali and Debs starting writing short play in which the characters do not have a defined gender. This is because this play is to be submitted for another short play event and that is the remit. We can write about whatever we want so long as we do not specify a gender for any of our characters.

Back in July when, on the spur of the moment, we decided to write something for the 17Percent She Writes showcase, we realised that we got a bit of a buzz out of responding to a remit and working to a deadline. Since then we have signed up to Gina Gough’s excellent blog, Playwrights’ Competition Calendar, and we have really enjoyed the challenge of regularly knocking a little something out and sending it off. It has been a really rewarding experience and has forced us to write about things and in…

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I am Malala, You are Malala

Girls' Globe

By now many of you are probably familiar with the story of the 15-year old Pakistani school girl and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai. At the age of 11, Malala did the unthinkable, she spoke out very publicly in a diary blog featured on BBC criticizing the Taliban’s repressive policy against educating girls. For this, Malala and a fellow schoolgirl were gunned down as they left school on October 9th.

Malala and her friend’s pain were not in vain. It’s incredible the level of reactions to Malala. For an extremist group that is so against giving rights to women, they sure are giving this young girl plenty consideration and ample attention. It’s obvious by their retaliation that her words struck a chord amongst the group, and they felt threatened. Conversely, support of Malala has poured in from all corners of the world and condemnation against the Taliban has been severe…

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World Mental Health Day

The 10th October is World Mental Health Day, an event intended to promote awareness and demystify the illnesses that continue to stigmatise sufferers.

Each year a particular form of mental illness is addressed, and this year the central theme is Depression: A Global Crisis. There are various events and discussions going on online and in communities and I would urge everyone to engage with these, particularly as 1 in 10 people currently suffer from depression. There are many commonly held misconceptions about the illness, including the idea that people ‘just’ have depression, and I think it is particularly relevant in the current climate of recession and vast unemployment that this is being addressed.

Watch Ali & Debs’ short play ‘My Bloody Laundrette’ on YouTube

Whoop 'n' Wail

We did it!

We got our latest short and newly titled play, Madjesty, off by the deadline – by the skin of our teeth too. This black comedy examines the impact of government cuts on some of the most vulnerable in our society whilst cheekily juxtaposing their plight with that of those with the most opulent lifestyles. Don’t want to say too much at this stage but we submitted the play for a very exciting festival of short plays which will run in early 2013 – so keep your fingers crossed for us and watch this space for news.

Meanwhile a rehearsed reading of our previous short, My Bloody Laundrette, can be seen on the 17Percent Channel on YouTube. This is a recording made at the 17Percent ‘She Writes‘ showcase back in September.

We hope you enjoy it.

Ali & Debs

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