S L Page presents:
Newcastle Northern Stage
Thursday 25th November 2021
Written by S L Page
Directed by Tilly Branson
Brought to you by an all-women team, GAZE spans time periods from the 1890’s until now, where we follow two women on their journeys to discovering their identities. Alice Guy Blaché, the first real-life female filmmaker, is desperate for artistic freedom as her film career is burgeoning in the late 19th century, but faces countless barriers and betrayal. Rose, a modern-day film student, is grappling with her mental health in her battle to find a sense of purpose in her life.
Although worlds and centuries apart, together these women rebel against the difficulties that women have always come up against; through their love of film they fight to access the power, the autonomy and the creative freedom that we all deserve.
One of S.L.Page’s passions is film and film history, and whilst embarking on research in 2017 she came across Alice Guy Blaché. To her surprise, she had never heard of Alice, despite the fact that Alice was the first woman to direct a film, and the first person to direct a film with a narrative (The Fairy of the Cabbages, 1896). GAZE is a response to the fact that most people have never heard of this remarkable woman; it exists to spread the word of Alice’s untold story. Steeped in film history, feminism and addressing mental health, the play is inspired by an ambition to write about women that might otherwise be left out of the traditional history books.
GAZE has been supported through three periods of research and development by Arts Council England and S.L.Page is currently being supported by Northern Stage’s Beyond Programme. This time has been spent working with Director of Development Karen Traynor to develop the script, engaging with a dramaturg, sound designer, and testing out ideas to live and digital audiences.
GAZE is a funny, poignant and timely comment on what has changed for women across time, but - more importantly – what hasn’t.
Date: Thursday 25th November 2021
Times: 2.00pm & 7.00pm
Running time: approximately 70 mins, no interval
Ticket Prices: £10
Venue: Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RH
Tickets available online from https://www.northernstage.co.uk/event/gaze or from the box office: 0191 230 5151.
Both performances will be relaxed and BSL interpreted.
There will be a talk about unknown women from film history at 4.00pm which is free for ticket holders.