In 2017, Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival’s flagship project Miss Represented took their show Can You See Me Now? out on tour. Filmmaker Lauren Joy Kennett worked closely with the group to record the young women’s experiences of life on tour, resulting in a new documentary which will be premiered at The Basement this Saturday (7pm) at Miss Represented: Generation Now. Miss Represented works with young women who face challenging life situations, using the arts to explore life experiences gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Can You See Me Now? (a cross-art show featuring verbatim theatre and live original songs) explored experiences and reflections of systems and institutions: school, the care system and Social Services. The event also featured Q&As, connecting with as many people as possible from all walks of life. It toured to schools, Pupil Referral Units and the University of Sussex as well arts venues in Brighton, London, Liverpool and Manchester.
The second part of the night will feature an intimate sharing of brand new performances by the new members of Miss Represented. Experience new creative work spanning love, beauty, friendship, self-image, loss and how it feels to be a young woman of ‘Generation Now’. The evening will feature a range of original songs and poetry, which have been created in collaborative workshops with Brighton based singer/songwriter Cate Ferris and the Miss Rep team.
The event also celebrates the launch of Miss Represented’s new website, which will be live soon at www.missrepresented.co.uk, filled with images, videos and much more content.
Bex Fidler, Miss Rep's Creative Project Manager said: ‘We are so excited about our event coming up: it’s a great opportunity to celebrate all that has come before on Miss Rep and what comes next. It has been incredible to witness the journey of all our girls as we screen our documentary and launch our new website charting the last seven years. We are so proud of all our members past and present, so we are pleased to celebrate this with the film and some fantastic performances from our newest members.’
Since Miss Represented started in 2011, the project’s achievements have included a collaboration with multi award-winning rapper Plan B, an appearance on BBC Radio 1Xtra, a retrospective of work at Brighton Dome to celebrate International Women’s Day and sell-out performances of their show Home: Life which explored experiences of being young and homeless with little or no support system. Young women from Miss Represented also shared their stories as pop-up performances around Brighton this May as part of Brighton Festival 2017 commission the Storytelling Army.
Miss Represented alumni recently launched a resident-run parks project called Park Life in Whitehawk, to create better facilities in the playgrounds and open spaces in the area.Find out more about their project.