‘a touching drama that explores the ebbs and flows of female friendship’
’A real treat to witness’
‘worlds of old accessible to a contemporary audience… clever piece’
1503 - Anacaona, Chieftain to the Taino people is hung in the square by Nicolás de Ovando
1570, Grace O’Malley, an Irish Pirate, controls the west seas of Ireland by land and ship
1858, Lakshmibai, Rani of Jhani, leads rebel armies against the English, with her son strapped to her back
2018, three school girls in South London face their final year at school.
Lakshana, Shanay and Jess have been best friends for years, but as their home lives become tense, mental health deteriorates and their future looms, their friendship is tested. The year progresses and tales of women gone before them become relevant, rousing and frightening, warping their present and electrifying their futures.
Using animation to blend past with present Helena Westerman’s second play, Galvanise celebrates female history and unbreakable friendships.
Galvanise ran from the 27th February to 3rd March at VAULT Festival 2019. Further dates to be announced.
Galvanise is presented in support for Women for Women International, a charity supporting women affected by war and conflict to rebuild their lives.
Written by Helena Westerman
Directed by Caroline Simonsen Produced by Rascal Theatre
Associate Producer - Saxon Mudge
Animation by Diana Garcia
Sound Design by Christina Orchard
Lighting Design by Amy Daniels
Jess - Helena Westerman
Lakshana - Raagni Sharma
Shanay - Angelina Chudi