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Local theatre company screening new documentary

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:15 PDT, Wed June 15, 2022

Richmond-based Direct Theatre Collective is showing its new documentary Where Women Gather. 

A screening is taking place tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Arts Centre, along with a post-show talkback. Tickets are free for Richmond residents and youth aged 16 to 25.

The winner of the city’s 2020 Arts Award for Artistic Innovation, Direct Theatre Collective is spearheaded by local artist and educator Jill Raymond.

The documentary features filmed scenes from the groundbreaking live show HYSTERIA, discussions with the collaborators on the process of creating the story, and exploration of the vital subject matter of consent, community, and healing in a post-“Me Too” world.

“We are hoping to encourage the people in our community to come out and experience this film firsthand before we embark on a festival run,” says Raymond. “It is rare to be able to offer an event to the community for free, and we are so happy that, with support from the artistic services and community team at the city, we are able to offer this opportunity.”

The film is recommended for those aged 16-plus, as it deals with tough subject matter including sexual assault, consent, and alcohol consumption. There is also occasional swearing. Those under age 16 may attend with parental permission.

Direct Theatre Collective is a female-led, award-winning not-for-profit organization. It produces works that uplift marginalized voices, provoke important discussion around socio-political issues, and believe in art as a vehicle for social change.

To watch the film’s trailer or register for a ticket, visit directtheatrecollective.com/where-women-gather

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