Storyhouse Women

A year round programme and annual weekend. For everyone, celebrating women and girls.
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Storyhouse Women Weekend 2019: Friday 26 April – Sunday 28 April.

Storyhouse Women Weekend is a celebration of what it means to be a women or a girl in the world today, and a chance to explore and discuss topics that affect anyone who identifies as a woman or a girl. We want to create a safe space to discuss and tackle these issues together. We have a line-up of incredible women who want to share their stories and experiences with Chester, and events to inspire and enable us to create change.

Join us for a weekend of talks, panel discussions, performances, workshops, music, poetry, debates and more, celebrating women and girls and exploring global issues including feminism, careers, domestic violence, Islamophobia, overcoming addiction, women in sport, rape culture, transgender stories and more.

Have a leaf through the brochure here:

Storyhouse Women Weekend tickets

You can purchase a Day Pass for either day, or a Weekend Pass for both days. This will enable you to attend any Storyhouse Women event, with the exception of Rose McGowan: Brave (book here) and Catherine Mayer: FFS (book here). For workshops with limited capacity, pass-holders will be able to sign up on the day of the workshop at the Storyhouse Women Weekend hub in the entrance lobby.

Click below to buy a Storyhouse Women Weekend Pass:

Under 19 or cannot afford to attend? HEAD HERE.

Be empowered

On Stage Careers: Time to Talk About the Unknown
Sat 1.30pm

This discussion explores the massive disparity between the number of women graduates and those who apply for graduate level jobs.

On Stage Panel: Women, Recovery and Overcoming
Sat 1.30pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Dr Zoe Zontou & Claire Morris will outline the particular barriers faced by women in addiction seeking to recover and engage in cultural activity.

Activities Saturday Round-Up
Sat 4.30pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Highlights from the festival: discussed, debated and described. Chaired by author and lecturer Emma Rees (Institute of Gender Studies, University of Chester)

Activities Workshop: Feminist Manifestos
Sat 1.30pm
Meeting Room

Workshop led by Louise Dudley, as she aims to build a community of women to explore feminist values and take action in a simple but powerful way.

Be informed

On Stage Domestic Violence: Love Shouldn’t Hurt
Sat 11.30am
Storyhouse Theatre

Tina Royles will lead a discussion with a panel of women who have survived a violent relationship, alongside Cara Fletcher (Chester Women’s Aid).

On Stage Talk: Let’s Be Clear About Consent
Sun 12.30pm
Garret Theatre

It’s the most important part of a happy, healthy sex life but what does it mean to give – or…

On Stage Everyday Rape Cultures and Religion: A Complex Relationship?
Sun 2.30pm
Garret Theatre

How do rape cultures feature in our everyday lives? How do our interactions with social media, the news, and popular…

Activities Workshop and Talk: Gender Neutral Toys
Sat 1.30pm
The Den

Join Katie Jones chats all things toys and the importance of challenging gender stereotypes.

Hear stories

On Stage 10 Minute Tales
Sat 3pm

Short, inspiring stories on a range of crucial topics followed by a Q&A. Presented by Rachael Walker (Body Positive and Chester Pride).

Activities Finding Strength in Islam
Sun 11am
Storyhouse Theatre

Two women will share their stories about being a muslim woman today. Maz Saleem is the daughter of 82-year-old Mohammed…

On Stage Kellie Maloney: Trans Stories
Sun 2.30pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Kellie Maloney will be in conversation with Kate Hutchinson (Chester Pride and LGBT+ education charity Diversity Role Models) as they…

On Stage Girls Go Global
Sun 2.30pm

A group of Storyhouse’s Young Leaders will perform a moving story of different girls and women from around the world,…

On Stage 10 Minute Tales
Sun 12.30pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Join us for a series of of short, inspiring tales on a range of diverse topics, each within 10 minutes,…

On Stage Rose McGowan: Brave
Tomorrow 7.30pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Rose McGowan will discuss her raw, honest & empowering memoir/manifesto, Brave, in what’s set to be a thought-provoking evening of candid, enlightening and important conversation.

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Be entertained

On Stage Performance: CeCe Sinclair
Sat 5.30pm, 8.30pm
The Kitchen

Here to get your hearts racing, with moves to make your body shake, it’s the sassy but classy Cece Sinclair – not to be missed!

On Stage Spoken Word
Sun 11am
Garret Theatre

Ease your way into Sunday by listening to girls and women tell their stories through poetry. Featuring Audrey Thomas, Joan…

On Stage DJ Set from Aura Sounds
Tomorrow 6.30pm
The Kitchen

The festival starts with music from Auro Sounds in The Kitchen ahead of Rose McGowan’s Brave in the theatre.

On Stage Alabaster Queen
Sun 3.30pm, 4.30pm
The Kitchen

Writer, Singer, Songwriter and Cabaret Performer: The inimitable Alabaster Queen is a unique blend of performer. She provides the audience with…

On Stage Theatre: Worldly Women
Sat 1.30pm
Garret Theatre

A series of monologues exploring memory loss, bullying and next-door neighbours. Expect both tears and laughter.

Activities Theatre: Scratch Performance
Sat 3pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Follow two stories of young people who face challenges of image and peer pressure, and how those around them do or don’t help.

Plus much more…

On Stage Girls Go Global
Sun 2.30pm

A group of Storyhouse’s Young Leaders will perform a moving story of different girls and women from around the world,…

Activities Saturday Round-Up
Sat 4.30pm
Storyhouse Theatre

Highlights from the festival: discussed, debated and described. Chaired by author and lecturer Emma Rees (Institute of Gender Studies, University of Chester)

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