Gemma Kerr, Associate Artist 2020/21 at The Point Eastleigh, has been awarded funding by Arts Council England for her new project.
Director and theatre-maker Gemma is working on Quiet Girls, which will explore the nature of quietness, how this can be both a strength and a limitation on women’s self-expression and their place in the world.
She’s also currently recruiting participants for an inter-generational community-based project that will run alongside, and feed into, the development of the show. This creative project aims to give a voice to women and girls aged 18 and over (over 16s can participate with parental consent).
‘I am delighted that this application has been successful. I had brilliant support from Sacha Lee (former Artistic Director at The Point), everyone at The Point, Sophie Ross, Sarah Shephard and Cath Church.
‘I have a huge feeling of relief that all the work so far has finally come good. The past year has been so hard and I know I’m not alone in feeling like I lost my identity to a degree because of not being able to work in the way I was used to. This is a massive boost and comes with a lot of hope for the future.
‘Lots of girls are taught to be quiet and not to take up space, not to make a fool of themselves or get things wrong and that really has an impact. If you feel you are an introvert, have struggled to be heard or express yourselves, know you have been silenced, or however you may identify as quiet, I would love to hear from you.’
If you would like to be involved in Quiet Girls, email Gemma at email@example.com.