CPPM Manifestal'24: WOMEN WHO RAGE. Amy Reade

Tue 14.05.2024 at 19:30
 (Pikk 20, Tallinn)
Author-director AMY READE (UK)

Lighting design PRIIDU ADLAS (EST)
Sound design ILJA KORJUKIN (EST)

Production CPPM Manifestal and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and Kanuti Gildi SAAL



Do you take me for a fool?

I can’t be bothered anymore. 


We are the clowns who reside inside your head. 

We are the clowns who scream. When words are not around,

we run around. We clatter about making an incessant racket. 

You cannot think or sleep or dream, for the clowns rule. 

We are rage. We are your inner child. 

Our mouths are open. You need to take care of us. 


Two years ago I would have begun with text, looking into literature for depictions of female rage. I would have probably picked Medea, or Antigone and dissected interpretations of their rage, through the lines they’ve been given across time, word by word. As a theatre-maker it is always compelling to explore the potential of how these heroines speak to a contemporary audience. But today I feel the compulsion to start from where words end (or before they begin); to start from the body.  So I explore instead the physical sensations of emotional expression. With Women Who Rage I navigate, with a personal and poetic approach, sensations of extreme emotionality in the presence of an audience. Yes, who are the women who rage? And why are they raging? But more importantly, what does rage feel like? Where does it form and how does it move the body? 

Amy Reade is a director from the UK who works internationally. Her work includes: we breathe because of the sun (EMTA Blackbox, Estonia), Tit Rampage (Sakala 3, Estonia), TART (Mick Lally Theatre, Galway Theatre Festival), Plan Bee co-creator (Yorkshire Dance), Swamp Monster (Swings and Roundabouts), All of us want something to get over (Bread & Roses Theatre), Not the End of the World (Cockpit Theatre), SENSE (St Pancras Crypt, immersive site-specific), WALLS (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winner of LSDF), Playlist Short Plays (Royal Court Theatre), Good Chance No Chance (Southbank Centre), Women of Tamil Nadu (Satkaarya Trust, Chennai). As Artistic Director: ACT II (Arcola Theatre), Foreign Language Theatre Festival (Teatro Technis). 

Amy has also worked extensively as an assistant and associate director on both new writing and classics including: The Tempest by William Shakeseapre dir. Deborah Warner (Ustinov), The Homecoming by Harold Pinter dir. Jamie Glover (Theatre Royal Bath UK Tour), For all the women who thought they were mad by Zawe Ashton, dir. Jo McInnes (Hackney Showroom), Last Chance: A Plea For the Unaccompanied Children of Calais dir. Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin (Young Vic). 

Amy is an Artistic Associate of Good Chance Theatre, having established and run the theatre in the Calais ‘Jungle’ Refugee Camp. She was Creative Consultant on the play The Jungle directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin. She continues to work in a number of capacities for The Walk directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi and produced by David Lan and Tracey Seaward. 

In addition to her directing work Amy has also worked extensively as a producer in both the subsidised and commercial sector including for Good Chance Theatre and as Assistant Producer for Theatre Royal Bath Productions, producing UK Tours and West End transfers including Oleanna by David Mamet dir. Lucy Bailey. 

As a performer Amy’s work includes: we breathe because of the sun (EMTA Blackbox, Estonia), Tit Rampage, Identity Cabaret Drag Show, (Sakala 3, Estonia), Rosalind, As You Like It by William Shakespeare (RADA Studios), Musician, The Grandfathers by Rory Mullarkey (National Theatre London), Young Molly, Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo adapted by Simon Reade dir. Susan Roberts (BBC Radio 4).  

Amy is about to graduate from the MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making at the Estonian Academy of Theatre. 

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