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Preview: The Disappearance Of Dorothy Lawrence at South Shields Customs House

The Disappearance Of Dorothy Lawrence
South Shields Customs House
Thursday 17th September 2015

A new play by award-winning theatre artist Julie McNamara directed by Paulette Randall MBE explores the remarkable stories of the silenced First World War correspondent Dorothy Lawrence.

It’s 1915. England is at war. Journalist Dorothy Lawrence aims to become War Correspondent, cycles to the frontline in France never to be seen in public again.

Vital Xposure interrogates the ways society deals with women who step out of line.

A cast of four with subtitling, filmed BSL narrative and audio-visual elements leads the audience back in time to explore themes of inequality and power that still resonate today.

Vital Xposure is a bold, dynamic, disability-led production company operating under the creative leadership of Julie McNamara, who has just completed a 19-month tour of her latest show Let Me Stay. Vital Xposure promotes hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell. The company creates exciting, innovative theatrical experiences for audiences, artists and communities alike. All our work is inclusive and BSL integrated. Vital Xposure is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.

An interview with Julie McNamara and Paulette Randall can be read on The Public Reviews:

Penelope Freeman, Suni La, Gareth Turkington, Simon Balcon with filmed sequences featuring Matthew Gurney and Becky Allen

Directed by Paulette Randall MBE
Written by Julie McNamara
Design by Libby Watson
Lighting Design by Crin Claxton
Visuals by Caglar Kimyoncu
Produced by Vital Xposure with David Duchin

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Thursday 17th September 2015
South Shields Customs House
Box Office 0191 454 1234 Tickets £12/£10


11 & 12 September Arena Theatre, WOLVERHAMPTON University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE Box Office 01902 321 321 Tickets £10/£8

17 September Customs House, SOUTH SHIELDS Mill Dam, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 1ES  Box Office 0191 454 1234 Tickets £12/£10

22 – 26 September Pleasance Theatre, LONDON Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF Box Office 020 7609 1800 Tickets £12/£10

29 & 30 September Dugdale Centre, LONDON 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS  Box Office 020 8807 6680 Tickets £16 (concessions £14) or £14 (£13) online

2 October New Wolsey Theatre, IPSWICH Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS  Box Office 01473 295900 Tickets from £10 (concessions for under 26s & disabled companion £10, British Sign Language User £10-15)
Pre-show talk: Suffragette ‘Hotbloods’: The Pre-War Militants 2 Oct 6pm Tickets £5

7 & 8 October Salisbury Arts Centre Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT Box Office 01722 321744 Tickets £10

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