Welwyn woman to put on ‘hysterical’ theatre show

PUBLISHED: 15:55 26 January 2019

Welwyn's India Hammond, 22, has got together with female actors to produce the Hysterical Showcase. Picture: supplied

Welwyn's India Hammond, 22, has got together with female actors to produce the Hysterical Showcase. Picture: supplied


A Welwyn woman has decided to address a lack of diversity in theatre by setting up a showcase for female actors and writers.

Actor India Hammond from Welwyn, who has previously acted at the Barn Theatre, has already tasted success as part of the prestigious National Youth Theatre.

But as the 22-year-old points out, “the industry continues to lack range for women who wish to play more diverse roles”.

Despite notable recent successes such as the all-female Oscar-tipped The Favourite, the TV thriller Killing Eve, and the upcoming Nicole Kidman action film Destroyer, women have often been left to play secondary characters or eye candy rather than fully-rounded characters.

So India has got together with two other actors and writers, Izzy Danilczuk and Rhondda Rhiannon, to create Hysterical Showcase, an all-female show for women to perform self-penned monologues at Stockwell Playhouse on January 31.

She added: “We wanted to create an event that puts women centre stage, but that also offers career shaping opportunities such as finding an agent, connecting with a casting director, or likeminded creatives at our post-show networking session.”

Sixteen female actors from all over the country have answered the call.

The name may well promise a hysterical evening, but comes from the Victorian understanding of ‘hysteria’ as a - now totally debunked - medical condition that suggested women were ‘overly emotional’ as a result of having wombs.

“At Hysterical Showcase, we wish to reclaim this word and create a space where women can showcase their stories, their art and their work - and get as emotional as they like in the process,” said India.

To find out more about Hysterical Showcase and its performers, see: www.facebook.comHysterical-Showcase-374663246667884

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