The New ERA. Episode Two.
Thanks for joining us two weeks on from our FIRST EVER podcast episode. Here we are, a fortnight later with yet another line up of kickass women (and we mean literally…if you listen to the end…) who are out there fighting for women to be represented on our stages and screens in equal numbers to men.
This week, as promised, we have the full interview with ERA 5050 founders Polly Kemp, Karin Paynter and Deirdre Mullins who explain in more detail how they created a grassroots campaign from the ground up, the reasons why they started it and what ERA 5050 are actively doing to find the solutions to shift gender disparity in the industry. It’s a fascinating, informative, galvanising listen and we hope it will light some fires in your bellies to get out there and start campaigning yourselves- whatever the cause! We also hear from the beautifully articulate actress Nicola Kavanagh who is the inspiration behind ‘The Messenger’- a 7 metre tall, 9 metre wide and 9.5 tonne bronze sculpture that stands outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth- a formidable example of female representation in the most literal sense. And to round it all off in the ring we hear audience responses from The Sweet Science of Bruising– an electric new play by Joy Wilkinson (Doctor Who Season 11, Nick Nickleby, BBC 1), directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward (The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, Groan Ups, Chef) about the lives of female boxers in 19th Century London. It’s showing at Wilton’s Music Hall from 5th – 29th June and MUST NOT TO BE MISSED! Link to tickets & info below.
A huge thank you to all the individuals involved in making this podcast happen; Suzanne Diakun, Charlotte Bevan and the National Theatre for their help and use of the studio where we record the podcast, to Spotlight for their ongoing support of ERA 5050, to our podcast Producer extraordinaire George Jennings, Oliver Hoare for composing our music, Polly Kemp, Karin Paynter, Deirdre Mullins, Lizzie Berrington, Tom Bevan and all the ERA 5050 warriors, Nicola Kavanagh, all our interviewees from The Sweet Science of Bruising audience and to Joy Wilkinson, Kirsty Patrick Ward and Ashley Cook from The Sweet Science of Bruising creative team; Corinne Beaver, Grace Lewis and the FOH staff at The Southwark Playhouse and to all of you listening, sharing, subscribing, rating and buying badges, we are hugely grateful for all the support in making the podcast happen.
**PLEASE NOTE: ERA 5050’s contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org and is not the ‘info@’ one mentioned in the Founders interview…
The New ERA Podcast
Nicola Kavanagh ‘The Messenger’ Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/22/its-incredible-actor-who-inspired-huge-plymouth-sculpture-messenger
Theatre Royal Plymouth- About ‘The Messenger’: https://www.theatreroyal.com/about-us/messenger/
ERA 5050 BAFTA launch event info : https://www.era5050.co.uk/launch-event-2018/
ERA 5050 campaign statistics: https://www.era5050.co.uk/our-campaign/
BFI Filmography stats: https://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/bfi-filmography
The Sweet Science of Bruising ticket link: https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/519-the-sweet-science-of-bruising