Looking Back: Ms. Shakespeare

We Remember Past Ms. Shakespeare Events!

Ms. Shakespeare @ Magic Rock Tap for International Women’s Day 08/03/17

Part of the Huddersfield Literature Festival

Congratulations to our 3 incredible female poets who totally smashed it on IWD 2017.

Toria Garbutt


Lily Luty


Louise Fazackerley


Thanks to everyone at Magic Rock Tap, Huddersfield, for making us feel so welcome.

A grand night.


Wild Card Brewery Walthamstow, 6.30 – 11pm, 01/09/16


Our brand new scratch night for female artists.

Four playwrights won the chance to have their short plays staged as rehearsed readings for the very first time. We teamed up with the awesome folks at Wild Card Brewery in Walthamstow to bring you theatre, poetry, ale and live music. We were also joined by:

Emily Harrison, one of Huffington Post’s top 5 poets to watch in 2016, who will be performing her spoken word poetry. Emily also recently took home Best Spoken Word Performer 2016 at The Saboteur Awards! Take a look at her blog and details of her recent book launch here!

Lewis Barfoot, whose work is described as “Delicious music: a massage of the heart, a whisper to the soul” by Irish Radio International, will be closing off the evening with a selection of songs from her brand new EP, “Catch Me”, which you can have a listen to right here!

The winning playwrights were:

Antonia Windsor with House of Shards

Antonia Windsor trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama and has worked in various capacities as a performer, deviser and dramaturg for companies in the UK and abroad. Since having her children she has focused primarily on her parallel career as a journalist. The House of Shards is her first play. Lori Secanska will be accompanying Antonia’s work, a professional singer of Slovak origin. Lori currently lives in London where she collaborates with many music projects. In addition to performances, she has worked in the recording studio on many albums and film scores.  Her unique style is influenced by world music and she is known for her raw emotional style of singing.

Harriet Wynder with Life Worth Living

Harriet studied politics at the University of Hull, and since moving to London has been Associate Producer and General Manager at the Finborough Theatre in Earl’s Court. For her first foray into writing for stage she debates the mingled threads of cowardice and strength in a suicidal mind, in an attempt to combat stigmas and make a little space for conversation and understanding. 
Sophie Poulston with To Be Frank

Sophie studied at the University of Salford before working as a casting director for ITV. She is now developing her skills as a writer with a view to moving into playwriting in the future. To Be Frank is her first play to be produced on stage. 

Lily Lowe Myers with Never the Same

Lily has worked within the creative arts for most of her life, since her acting debut at the age of four for “Ice Dance” (BBC). Her first directing venture aged twelve resulted in her becoming the youngest winner of a national crime and thriller competition for her film “Lonesome”. She has continued to write, act, sing and direct for both stage and film.

Tickets on sale here.

Ms. Shakespeare

Garden Gate Arts launches its all-female new writing night.

The fearless Megan Biffin, captured by Victor Kurzweil.

The fearless Megan Biffin, captured by Victor Kurzweil.

The inaugural Ms. Shakespeare, our new writing scratch night for female voices, takes place on the 1st September. 6 writers will win the chance to have 30 mins of their work put on in front of an audience of 100 people. The venue is being provided by the fantastic folks at Wild Card Brewery.

Submitting is FREE, you just need to identify as female, and your work needs to be no more than 30 mins in length. It doesn’t have to be linked to Shakespeare, but adaptations of classics will be accepted, in addition to completely new works. We don’t care if you’ve had your work performed at The National or in your front room, we want to hear from as many different voices as possible.

Don’t have actors or a director? No problem, we can put you in contact with some awesome people.

Please send your work and a cover letter to our email below. The more detailed your cover letter the better – tell us a bit about the piece of writing, about you and about where you would like it to go.

DRESS REHEARSALS: 29,30,31 August
EMAIL: sarah@gardengatearts.com
EVENT: 1st September, Wild Card Brewery, Walthamstow

Poster features the fearless Megan Biffin – head over to her FB page for more alternative modelling genius. Her photo was taken by the brilliant Victor Kurzweil.

GGA at Berlinale and final shooting of Subject

This weekend GGA visited the EFM at Berlinale 2016. Great to meet so many new faces, and to have a good browse around the art house and genre films currently on the market. We particularly enjoyed chatting to the guys at the Korean party (we’re assured it’s always a hoot). Generally so impressed at the level of talent and creativity on show. Well done everybody!

In a couple of weeks we will be completing final photography on Subject, after a few months of incredible work from all aspects of both the production and post-production teams. More news to come soon!


Summer Stories: Put Down Your Pens!

Hi Everyone!

Good news, Garden Gate Arts are collaborating over the Summer Holidays with a group of great English tutors to bring ‘Put Down Your Pens’ to the Harrow area.


In small groups of 4 to 6, children leaving primary school have the opportunity to really get ahead with their reading over the summer. Rather than just focusing on secondary school texts, we will be encouraging students to study a range that spans 2500 years!

Over the course of 10 hour-long sessions over five weeks, children will be looking at (full course TBC):

  • Ancient Greek Drama: Euripides, heroes and gods
  • The Tudor World: performance, poetry and politics
  • Folk Tales: Beowulf, monsters and magic
  • Stories Today: modernism in painting, poetry and music
  • Young Storytellers: how does a story work?

And even better news, we’re offering the course at an extremely competitive rate of £14 per hour-long session, or £120 for the whole course if paid for in advance (a saving of 15%).

27th July – 27th August

Monday and Thursday mornings (more sessions TBC), The Beacon, Scott Crescent, Rayners Lane, London, HA2 0TY

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Happy Tuesday,

We’ve been following the escalating crisis in the Mediterranean in recent months, and collectively decided to create a video that would air our views to the world. A disgraceful number of refugees have died this year, with estimates ranging from 30 to 100 times more than the same period of time in 2014. Western governments are simply refusing to respond. In the House of Lords it was announced: “We do not support planned search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean”. The name ‘migrant’ rather than ‘refugee’ appearing in much of our news coverage makes it easy to excuse our apathy through ‘political expediency’ (Amnesty International, 22nd April 2015).

What is more, the issue has barely been covered in the lead up to this year’s election. We wanted to argue that No Life is Worth Nothing, that we as human beings have a duty of care to those displaced by conflict.

The Economist had this to say:

“as well as reflecting a deep malaise in the lands they are fleeing, the plight of Europe’s boat people also exposes the failings of countries with a duty to shelter them.” (25th April 2015)

And the folks at Amnesty were even more damning:

We then read a passage from Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, an incredible novel that deals with the conflict of cultural displacement and gender identity (although that description by no means does the work justice). After reading the following excerpt which describes British attitudes towards watching Smyrna burn in 1922, we had to get out our cameras.
Middlesex, (Macmillan, 2002)

Middlesex, (Macmillan, 2002)











So we contacted our friends at Little Fury Films, who contacted a few of their friends, and we ended up creating No Life Worth Nothing (click to watch) in 24 hours. Please see the links beneath the video where you can DONATE and read some more articles.


Thanks and spread the word,

All at GGA

… That’s a Wrap!

We’ve done it! We’ve wrapped on our first feature film. Thanks to all the fantastic people who managed to make our film happen. We have been so humbled by the generosity shown to us in Yorkshire by friends, family, colleagues, strangers who have never heard of us, all our Indiegogo backers, the folks at Magic Rock Brewing, the guys at the New Picture House in Dewsbury, all those at The Farm Cafe at Whitley Bridge, students from Dewsbury College, North Yorkshire Camera Hire, and of course our absolutely exceptional cast and crew and collaborators Little Fury Films. Watch this space!

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And we are LIVE! – Indiegogo Campaign

Our Indiegogo crowd funding campaign is almost into its second week and we are almost 10% funded already! There’s loads of exciting stuff going on over on our campaign page, like an introductory video, a look at the story (done with tiny paper models!!) and some footage of a recent rehearsal with Alice Bird and Stuart Mortimer, 2/3 of our fantastic leading cast. Whilst the campaign is ticking along nicely, we’re continuing with pre-production at GGHQ. This thursday will see our first drawing session with China Jordan. Portraiture is, I am told, a very time-consuming art form, and since it’s so important to give China the time she needs to do her best work, we’re starting early! I look forward to posting a few pictures of the session on here next week.

In the meantime, please head over to the campaign page – we’ve loads of awesome rewards on offer, including artwork from the film, posters, imdb credits, and even the chance to appear in the film itself! Wow – I’ll have to have a sit down after all that excitement. And a cup of tea.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

– GGHQ xxx

Indiegogo Campaign Poster


We have just finished shooting the promotional video for our crowd funding campaign here at GGHQ, with the help of a lovely lady called Joy and a fabulous crew. All this means that we have some exciting things to show in the future, interviews, gossip, insider info and paper trees…… But for now, here is a sneak peek at our artist China, working on Stuart’s first sketches.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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