Maiden Speech is a dynamic and exciting theatre festival that provides a much-needed platform to showcase the boldest new work from a new generation of theatremakers. From solo shows and gig theatre to spoken word and drag cabaret, Maiden Speech offers fresh perspectives on identity, gender, and sexuality through a myriad of stories and styles.
The inaugural season of Maiden Speech in 2017 staged nine shows by emerging female artists and was predominantly focused on challenging the dominant image of gender on stage. Successive seasons have expanded the remit to programme new work that provides fresh perspectives on identities, including (but not limited to) gender, race and sexuality.
In November 2019, Maiden Speech concluded its third and most ambitious season yet at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden. Brought to you by a team of Mountview graduates, the 2019 season featured an impressive array of multi-disciplinary artists from around the globe.
The festival has supported more than l00 early-career artists across its three year tenure, and provided a significant launchpad for new work.
Previous productions that debuted at Maiden Speech include Purple Snowflakes And Titty Wanks, which will transfer to the Royal Court Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in 2021: Rachel Causer's When It Happens, which was nominated for an Off West End Award during its Camden Fringe run in 2020; and Ashleigh Laurence's Tumours, which transferred to Soho Theatre following a successful run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019.
MAKING SPACE FOR CHANGE
19 November 2018
"It is my hope that the success of these shows on a fringe level will encourage gatekeepers to expand their programming beyond what is tried and tested, and the trajectory of several shows from our inaugural season suggests that under the right circumstances, this is eminently possible."
Click here to read an article about creating Maiden Speech, written by producer Lexi Clare and published by A Younger Theatre in November 2018.