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Theatre503 launches festival of work responding to sexual harassment claims

April de Angelis. Photo: Johan Persson
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April de Angelis and Richard Bean are among writers to feature in a new series of short plays at London’s Theatre503 responding to the recent allegations of sexual harassment.

The Words Are Coming Now, a selection of works from established and emerging writers exploring consent and power, will run from January 25 to 27.

De Angelis, whose credits include After Electra, will explore sexual politics within academia, while One Man, Two Guvnors writer Bean will present a satire on corporate dating.

Other established writers who will present new commissions include Chris Bush and Dipika Guha.

The theatre also invited emerging writers to submit ideas for plays, six of which will be developed for the festival. The writers to be developed include Fergus Church, Amy Evans, Kevin Forde, Patrick Russell Elise Van Lil and Deidan Williams.

An ensemble cast will perform the plays, which will be directed by Ailin Conant, Chino Odimba, Cressida Brown and Lisa Spirling.

Each performance will be accompanied by a post-show discussion exploring the content and the conversations going forward, curated by The Stage’s reviews editor Natasha Tripney.

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