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Stage Editorial

wantedwomen20.jpg Extraordinary women

In a time of uncertainty and division, a young woman wrestles with her own isolation, and call to respond, in Gazebo Theatre’s ‘Wanted’, in which women from history share their passion for standing up for what is right.

And those women in full: Irena Sendler (who rescued more than 2,500 children from a Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation); Olive Morris (British Black Panther and avid activist for women and squatters’ rights); Phoolan Devi (the fearsome Bandit Queen); and Dr James Barry (a 19th century surgeon and a woman way ahead of her time). They’re all on hand when the past and present collide in Gazebo Theatre’s powerful new drama, which is shot through with their trademark humour, honesty and heart. As one of the characters states: “We have to respond to what is happening. The only other option is to ignore it.” ‘Wanted’ is playing two dates in the north-east in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Wanted: Thursday 5 March, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 7.30pm, £10 (£7.50 students), queenshall.co.uk; Monday 9 March, The Customs House, South Shields, 7.30pm, £15/£12, customshouse.co.uk