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On from 05 Jul 2016 till 31 Jul 2016
All Around Town
by Sally Hayton-Keeva
Genre(s): New Writing

Tickets: £10.00 - £15.00

About: Valiant

Adapted for the stage by Lanna Joffrey from Valiant Women in War and Exile by Sally Hayton-Keeva Directed by Allie Renzetti

The So & So Arts Club, 6 Frederick’s Place, London, EC2R 8AB

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Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, critically acclaimed VALIANT is set to run throughout July at The So & So Arts Club’s Women and War Festival.

VALIANT chronicles a century of war as seen through the eyes of women from across the globe. Adapted for the stage by Lanna Joffrey from Sally Hayton-Keeva’s book of interviews Valiant Women in War and Exile, meet thirteen women who have fought in, struggled through, and survived conflict. From victim to perpetrator to peacemaker, this critically acclaimed play takes verbatim interviews to create a compelling portrait of what women do in a time of war, and explores how it has shaped their lives and subsequently our own. Historically, war has spoken in a male voice; in VALIANT, women have their say.

In 1981, Sally Hayton-Keeva spent five years interviewing over 60 women and painstakingly transcribed, word for word, 38 of the interviews to create a book of women's perspective and experience of war. Her book was published twice and in 2001, post 9/11, she gave Lanna Joffrey permission to adapt it into a Verbatim Theatre piece using 13 of the interviews; stories from Armenia, Hungary, Japan, the United States, Cambodia, the Philippines, Northern Ireland, El Salvador, Vietnam and Afghanistan. VALIANT had its first performance in August of 2004 just after Sally Hayton-Keeva sadly passed away suddenly from lung cancer. Always in her memory, VALIANT has been performed throughout the United States, including for the United Nations and the team are now delighted to be performing as part of the Women and War Festival in London this summer.

Writer and cast member, Lanna Joffrey says:
“For me, war was about boys and men going to fight and the male presidents who sent them there. Then, aged 16, a teacher gave me a copy of Sally’s book and suddenly, I realised that my mother had a war story, my aunt had a war story. We just didn’t hear them. When I read Sally’s book and she spoke of how most of these women had never shared their stories till she asked them, it rang true in my own experience. It was the only book of its kind that I had encountered; I knew it was special.

War has been a part of my history from the beginning. My family didn’t flee from Iran to London because we wanted to leave our home, the violence made it impossible to stay. Every woman in my family has been touched by it, but few have spoken about it.

Years after that first encounter with the book, living in New York and trying to come to terms with 9/11, I felt terrified and helpless and it was Sally’s book that spoke to me and helped me realise I could do something. I could share VALIANT. It’s not just the individual stories, it’s also about the woman who asks you to share your story. I really hope that audiences leave inspired to share their stories and encourage others to share theirs.”

Previously performed at the New York International Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, VALIANT received rave reviews, was long-listed for the 2015 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, nominated for the New York Innovative Theatre Award and won the New York International Fringe Festival Overall Excellence in Performance Award.

Show Schedule

Tues 5th July 1pm
Wed 6th July 7pm
Thurs 7th July 9pm

Mon 11th July 1pm
Wed 13th July 7pm
Sat 16th July 5pm
Sun 17th July 3pm

Mon 18th July 9pm
Wed 20th July 9pm
Sat 23rd July 9pm
Sun 24th July 1pm

Thurs 28th July 7pm
Fri 29th July 1pm
Sun 31st July 9pm

The So & So Arts Club produces a variety of festivals and performances from their venue at 6 Frederick’s Place, London, EC2R 8AB. The Women and War Festival is a month long multi- discipline festival documenting, exploring and giving voice to the experiences of women from across the centuries and the world before, during and after war.


"If you care about the experience of women caught up in war, you shouldn’t hesitate to spend an hour watching Valiant... beautifully brought to life by a company of four actors.”
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

“Stark and quietly riveting adaptation, Valiant is one of the shows to see.”
New York Magazine

“Valiant is a reminder of some of recent history’s most terrible moments, a way to give permanent public voices to women who nearly became only whispers in history”

****“Every now and then a piece of theatre comes about that is, quite simply, essential.”
Niger Asije, The New Current

***** “I will be pushed to find a theatre show that tops this.”
Three Weeks 

**** “Defiant, horrifying and beautiful”
Fest Magazine

***** “You must watch Valiant”
Female Arts

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