Since 2006, Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets has been nurturing long-term collaborations with the creative industries to inspire confidence, creativity, leadership and learning among east London’s young women. From animation to choreography, carnivals to concerts, filmmaking to radio production, to award-winning stage plays at the Edinburgh Festival – Mulberry is a school with the arts at its heart. Welcome to SILKWORKS.
“To say Fin kennedy and the Mulberry School for Girls are one of the best writer/education partnerships there is, doesn’t do them justice. To say they’re one of the best companies at the Fringe comes closer”
PlUS – DON’T MISS!
Rehearsed readings from Mulberry’s Staff Playwriting course, a sound installation from Mulberry radio, artwork displays, soul food, and screenings from Mulberry Films – including a half-hour documentary about the making of 2009’s Fringe First award winning smash hit, The Unravelling.
“Stories, like fabrics, are lessons in living.”
WINNER: Scotsman Fringe First Award 2009.
In an east London fabric shop, a dying mother challenges her daughters to weave her the greatest tale, using nothing more than pieces of cloth. Little do they realise that their prize is far more than the shop itself – it is the power to write their own futures. A bold existential fable about one mother’s legacy to her daughters, and the power of mythology to change your life.
– British Theatre Guide
“Culture is not a pick and mix. Life is not a buffet. It is a samosa. Every ingredient in harmony with every other. Then carefully wrapped and sealed from prying eyes.”
At a traditional Bengali celebration the night before a wedding, the women of the community gather to sing, dance and bless the bride-to-be. But when an uninvited guest turns up bringing painful memories from the past, everyone present is forced to confront their own fears, prejudices and longings.
An extraordinary insight into a community all too often overlooked by British theatre, Mehndi Night puts third generation Bengali women centre stage and reveals the the challenges of a 21st century cross-cultural identity.
“A cracking piece of community theatre … light, bright and blessed with theatrical verve.”
– The Herald
THE URBAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO CAMPING
“This time, we’re going properly into the forest.”
With Uni over and adult life about to begin, four young friends leave the city behind to re-live the school trip of a lifetime – to Ashdown Forest, home of Winnie-the-Pooh and a clutch of childhood memories. But a summer storm heralds the confession of a burning secret that threatens to tear their lives apart, while the forest holds an eerie mystery of its own…
A groundbreaking new play developed with former students now in their 20s, this bittersweet comedy about life, love and friendship is east London’s young women in their own words.