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The Monotonous Drum at The Etectera Theatre

The Monotonous Drum4 women, 1 mysogynist, 4 age groups and 1 urgent question…

Originally a poem; The Monotonous Drum is a spoken-word, live, theatrical performance intercut with increasingly self-aware film projections, exploring political discrimination under the overarching question: “at what age are we still too young…?”

Starring the exceptionally talented young actress Melody Ashman, The Monotonous Drum is a demanding piece of new, experimental theatre by disabled writer Sophie Porter, in which the issues surrounding feminism, ageism, mysogyny and, of course, equality are tackled unashamedly and satirically under the comforting guise of carefully crafted rhymes.

When will our opinions be taken ‘seriously’ – when we’ve given birth and proved our biological worth? When we’re old and have made our financial contribution to the country? Or simply none of the above?

Sophie Porter is a recent graduate of MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a controversial disabled artist and Sub-Editor of online feminist art magazine http://femalearts.com

Paul Shears is a professionally trained actor, director and producer who trained on an East 15-led acting course. The Monotonous Drum is the first theatrical collaboration between Sophie Porter and Paul Shears.

Monotonous drum

The Monotonous Drum
Written by: Sophie Porter
Directed by: Paul Shears
Performed by: Paul Shears, Melody Ashman and Co

Etcetera Theatre (above Oxford Arms),
265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU
4th March 2014 at 9.30pm (duration 55 minutes)

Thursday 6th February 2014


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