As SHE Likes It
As SHE Likes It is inspired by the story of #MeToo pioneer Patricia Douglas. It’s been nearly 100 years since Patricia Douglas was lured to a studio party under the guise of a casting call, in what was perhaps the biggest, best-suppressed scandal in Hollywood history.
Join the Damsel in Distress, or as she prefers to be known - her own knight in shining armour - as she removes the rose-tinted filter to reveal the truth behind the romanticised facade. A Leading Lady who looks great - for her age! A Sex Symbol who’s hiding her sexuality. A Comedy Queen who disguises her sadness with humour, and a starry-eyed Girl Next Door who’s discovering what it really takes to make it in Hollywood.
Written by Chloe Wade and supported by Olivier Award Winning Playwright, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm; Emilia (The Globe), Obsession (Netflix), As SHE Likes It is a peek behind the sepia cigarette smoke and passionate embraces of Old Hollywood, as seen through the eyes of its archetypes. Through a fusion of live theatre and filmed footage, As SHE Likes It exposes the cultural legacy of sexism and exploitation that still haunts the industry to this day. A darkly comedic explosion of multimedia, verbatim, cabaret and drag; a contemporary Brechtian-style play that poses the question: How much has changed between the Hollywood of yesteryear and now?It’s time Patricia’s story, and the stories of the many women whose voices have been silenced, are told in all their intersectional complexity and fullness.
Be prepared to kiss the Hollywood happy ending goodbye!
Please be advised, the show contains: Themes of sexual assault, sexual violence, suicide, strong language.
FREE Empowerment Workshop: Friday 23rd February, 1.30pm-3pm
As SHE Likes It is running an Empowerment Workshop alongside the show, which is designed to address the issues raised in the play and be an advocate for change.
This session will be run by the cast, and is designed to empower womxn and non-binary people using mental health techniques. A fight coordinator will also teach participants some basic self-defence moves in a fun and relaxed environment.
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