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BRAVA to support world premiere of new play at Shakespeare’s Globe

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

We're thrilled to announce that BRAVA today announces their support of the world premiere of 'Shakespeare’s Women'; a new play by the playwright Lorien Haynes. It will be performed at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, part of Shakespeare’s Globe, London, on 7 January, 2024. BRAVA has pledged financial support.

The piece is set in modern-day London and shines a light on ten of Shakespeare’s female characters who meet in a domestic abuse recovery group. Centuries have passed, yet nothing has changed and while they eat biscuits and talk, they reveal their darkest secrets. Funny, hard-hitting and prescient, the play allows the women to survive their men and their narrative and finds out what they would have to say today.

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All profits from the event will be donated by the producers to Refuge, the largest domestic abuse organisation in the UK. HELPLINE: 0808 2000 247

Melissa Thom, Founder and CEO of BRAVA, said:

“Lorien is passionate about amplifying women's voices – particularly those not easily heard or silenced. At BRAVA, we align with this and are keen to support women’s stories that go untold. It’s a privilege to help bring this performance to life. We are proud to support Refuge in this way and to add our voice to raising awareness and funds for this hugely important cause."

Lorien Haynes, playwright and author of Shakespeare’s Women, said:

“It’s fantastic to team up with BRAVA, who are kindly helping us bring this new piece to its first audience. The themes that come up in the play are shocking, yet common. One in four women experience domestic abuse and one in three in 3 sexual violence in their lifetime. Our aim is to raise awareness and funds for Refuge, who work tirelessly 24/7 to support those who experience domestic abuse.”

To support Refuge and purchase tickets to this performance of Shakespeare's Women on 7 January 2024, click here:

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