Storyhouse Women Weekend is a celebration of what it means to be a women or a girl in the world today, and a chance to explore and discuss topics that affect anyone who identifies as a woman or a girl. We want to create a safe space to discuss and tackle these issues together. We have a line-up of incredible women who want to share their stories and experiences with Chester, and events to inspire and enable us to create change.
Join us for a weekend of talks, panel discussions, performances, workshops, music, poetry, debates and more, celebrating women and girls and exploring global issues including feminism, careers, domestic violence, Islamophobia, overcoming addiction, women in sport, rape culture, transgender stories and more.
Catherine Mayer: FFS
The author and Women’s Equality Party co-founder is at the end of her tether. A better, brighter, more equal future shimmers on the horizon, yet we seem to be hurtling in the opposite direction. Deranged presidents and dangerous populists aren’t the only culprits. As progressive movements do battle with each other and among themselves, Mayer draws on her front-line experiences of journalism and politics to explain how debates became so damagingly polarised, to the detriment of all of us.
Is identity politics to blame? What makes us mistrust everyone but fall for fake news? Are we getting nastier—and might our attitudes to celebrity fuel this trend? Why do TED Talks bring Mayer out in hives? The simple truth, she says, is that life is complicated—and we’ll reach the feminist future she calls Equalia only by embracing that complexity.
A Funny, Free-wheeling Show about soundbite culture in a messy world. Go and see it: For Future’s Sake.
13 March - 11 DecemberActivities: Storyhouse Women Book Club Various 26 AprilOn Stage: Rose McGowan: Brave Storyhouse Theatre Book now27 April - 28 AprilActivities: Market Place Various 27 April - 28 AprilActivities: Hula! Various 27 April - 28 AprilActivities: Creative Space Various 27 AprilOn Stage: Weekend Launch with Louise Minchin Storyhouse Theatre 27 April - 28 AprilCinema: Matilda (PG) Cinema Book now27 April - 28 AprilActivities: Introducing Storyhouse Women Young Leaders Various 27 AprilActivities: Theatre: Behind Closed Doors The Kitchen 27 AprilOn Stage: Domestic Violence: Love Shouldn’t Hurt Storyhouse Theatre
27 AprilOn Stage: University of Chester Dance Society The Kitchen 27 AprilOn Stage: Theatre: Worldly Women Garret Theatre 27 AprilActivities: Workshop: Feminist Manifestos Meeting Room 27 AprilOn Stage: Careers: Time to Talk About the Unknown Cinema 27 AprilOn Stage: Panel: Women, Recovery and Overcoming Storyhouse Theatre 27 AprilActivities: Workshop: Web Writing like a Pro Meeting Room 27 AprilActivities: Workshop: Improve your mind and body workshop with Fallen Angels Dance Theatre (FADT) Garret Theatre 27 AprilOn Stage: 10 Minute Tales Cinema 27 AprilActivities: Performance: CeCe Sinclair Various 27 AprilOn Stage: Catherine Mayer: FFS Storyhouse Theatre
28 AprilActivities: Workshop: Writing for Theatre Meeting Room 28 AprilActivities: Finding Strength in Islam Storyhouse Theatre 28 AprilActivities: ‘When I Grow Up I Want To Be…’The Den 28 AprilOn Stage: Spoken Word Garret Theatre 28 AprilOn Stage: Music: Mary Sheriff The Kitchen 28 AprilActivities: Workshop: How To Be Happy Meeting Room 28 AprilOn Stage: Talk: Let’s Be Clear About Consent Garret Theatre 28 AprilOn Stage: 10 Minute Tales Storyhouse Theatre 28 AprilFencing Demonstration The Kitchen 28 AprilActivities: Workshop: Introduction to Gamification Meeting Room 28 AprilOn Stage: Kellie Maloney: Trans Stories Storyhouse Theatre 28 AprilOn Stage: Everyday Rape Cultures and Religion: A Complex Relationship? Garret Theatre 28 AprilOn Stage: Girls Go Global Cinema 28 AprilOn Stage: Alabaster Queen Various