Theatre Royal Stratford East’s space Gerry’s will host a festival showcasing work focusing on the current state of affairs in the world in February.
Featuring work from 8 new theatre companies and artists, with shows featuring poetry, music, plays and comedies, Stronger Than Fear – A Festival Of Hope opens on 8 February and runs until 24 February.
In reaction to recent times, the festival aims to channel hope, positivity and community – theatre that galvanises and uplifts. The participating companies will showcase a wide range of performance forms that break traditional notions of theatre and the 8 pieces cover topics including race, gender, nationality and bringing communities together.
Producer of Gerry’s Daisy Hale said today “Recently, I’ve seen a lot of great, powerful work commenting on our world today, but so often I leave with a sense of ‘What should I do now?’ ‘Where can I go to change this or talk about this?’ and ultimately a sense of sad catharsis.”
“That’s why I wanted to create this festival and call on artists to bring us their work about today’s issues in all its widest ranges, but also to uplift their audiences, galvanise them with resources, options and hope. This is about theatre that goes beyond the room.”
For a full line-up of participating shows, visit the Theatre Royal Stratford East website.