Two years ago Voices of Women was set up to empower any woman writer to express their lives, moments and inner selves in short story readings with actors. After two sell out seasons in Sydney, in 2020 we have planned a Tour to share the performances live in intimate and unusual venues – converted stables, small studios, cafes and artists sheds – where the audience is immersed in the story.
Voices of Women On Tour takes stories of women’s lives through drought, fire, loneliness, joy, humour and hope to regional NSW Writers Festivals. It empowers and expands the writers, bringing the community together around storytelling.
The places are unusual – we perform in cafes, old stables, emerging studio spaces, woolsheds, artisans workshops. The tour is happening in May at Lithgow Tin Sheds cafe, August in Mudgee Readers Festival at The Stables, September in Dubbo at West Words Fest in Studio 328 and October in Glen Innes High Country Writers Festival at The Makers Shed.
Domestic violence, struggles with motherhood, living with the drought, trying to ignore bushfires, friendship, betrayal, bus rides of the imagination, not treading on cracks… the stories are as wide as our experience of life. Voices of Women On Tour gives writers a unique chance to hear their work performed, to continue writing and exploring their skills.
We want to boost the communities that are already organising Festivals for Readers or Writers and bring this unique program to them.
We are asking for support for the costs of taking the actors on the road to these communities, to perform in cafes, old stables, emerging studio spaces and artisans workshops.
Your donations is crucial to this project which relies on private support. While the Festivals are supporting Voices of Women on Tour through venue sponsorship, your donation will be used to pay professional actors to bring the stories to life, for their travelling and performance costs. The end result of professional actors reading is a powerful impact for the audience, a transformative experience in these unique venues.
You will find all the information on voiceswomen.com including photographs of past events.