"I open my mouth to say something and before I’ve even said anything I can see people ready to say “no”, to shake their heads. So now, I’ve decided, I am not a pet. I am just me."
“Joy”, by Stephanie Martin, is the raw, urgent, and celebratory coming-of-age story of a young woman with Down’s syndrome - our eponymous heroine - Joy. This play explores themes of disability, control, sexuality, family, friendship and freedom. As a company, we are very excited to place stories about – and performed by – those who identify as having learning disabilities into mainstream theatre.
Our production is based on the ethos: “we are all different and we are all the same”. Whether or not an individual identifies as having learning disabilites, everyone is entitled to the full richness of life: relationships, employment, marriage, artistic expression, and friendships. “Joy” was written in response to the lack of understanding and visibility of people with learning disabilities, both on our stages and in society at large. Our production at the Theatre Royal Stratford East will celebrate the lives of individuals who identify as having learning disabilities, whilst revealing society’s limitations and prejudices.
We at Clamour excited to mount our production of "Joy" in 2017 as a part of a wave of change in the industry. Theatre-makers and those in the Arts are recognising the importance of representation and visibility of historically marginalized groups. We have been encouraged by the increased representation of artists with learning disabiities in productions such as “Reasons to be Cheerful” by Graeae Theatre Company, the short film “My Feral Heart”, as well as our lead actress, Imogen Roberts’ performance in episodes of “Holby City”, but the industry hasn’t gone nearly far enough in terms of inclusion. Individuals with learning disabilities must see themselves represented positively in the Arts, and must be given a platform to tell their own stories. We believe that "Joy" marks an important step toward this goal.
Where will the money go?
All the money raised will go towards covering expenses, such as venue fees, design costs, marketing costs, and cast and creative expenses. We are committed to paying our team a fair wage for their incredible hard work, and the money raised from this campaign will go towards ensuring that we're able to make it happen. Any donation, whether big or small, will make all the difference - we are incredibly grateful for your support. By making a donation, you are personally helping to change the face of UK theatre by promoting the visibility of those who identify as having learning disabilities. You are changing the world.
“Joy”, a new play by Stephanie Martin
Directed by Melanie Fullbrook
Design by Carla Goodman
Dramaturgy and Creative Consultancy by Stephen Unwin
Produced by Clamour for The Studio at Theatre Royal Stratford East
24th October to 4th November
"Joy" on The Guilty Feminist
A few weeks ago, we were fortunate enough to be invited to join the Guilty Feminist panel at the London podcast festival. If you have found your way to this page because of the podcast, then 1) you have great taste in podcasts, and 2) thank you so much for supporting our work and for helping us to be seen. Please let us know if you're planning on coming to see the show - we'd love to say hi afterwards!
1.a loud uproar;
2.a vehement expression of desire rebellious raw and joyful.
Perspectives, voices and narratives from shadows, demanding to be heard.
Press for "Bridle", by Stephanie Martin for Clamour
"A funny, explicit and challenging addition to a growing canon on female sexuality, Bridle is necessary viewing" DIONNE FARRELL - LONDON THEATRE1
"What makes the script so great is its directness. Martin does not shy away.. She voices what we all think, but rarely voice to others, even to our closest friends. Such honesty is refreshing – we bond with her as she confides in us. the play feels intimate and confessional." SOPHIE NEVRKLA - PLAYS TO SEE
"Brave, honest and unapologetic." MOLLY HANSON - SHOW ME SHOWS LONDON
Risks and challenges
We at Clamour are experienced and dedicated theatre makers. We believe in the power of art to change lives, and we believe in paying our actors and creatives a fair wage for their incredible hard work.
The cast, creative team, and venue are all in place, and rehearsals are underway. We receive no subsidy from any government body or arts organisation, so we are reliant on the generosity and support of you - our amazing patrons - who share our beliefs and want to make the world a better place. You are not taking a risk by supporting us - you are making a difference.
With your support we will ensure that we do justice to a project that is very close to our hearts.
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