Warrior Women Like Me event interview

Following a successful application to the Unknown Funds, South & South East London General Branch - in association with Different Women - will be running a Warrior Women Like Me event in July. We spoke to South & South East London Branch Diversity Officer & Founder of Different Women Ariane Barnes about the event.

Tell us about this event?
We are excited to announce that for our second event in the Pathways to Success series Different Women & South & South East London Equity Branch will be running a special female focused event based on the art of harnessing female warrior energy in performance, once again with a focus on empowering the BAME community and enabling cultural exchange with exciting new workshops at ALRA South on the 27th of July.

What do you hope members will get out of this event?

Thanks to the Unknown Funds Initiative this heavily subsidised day event is an opportunity for actors to be able to access elements of combat training, African dance, character improv and enhance their general knowledge of warrior women in performance and history. The day is open to self-identifying women of all levels of experience in acting and dance. It’s our hope that actors & dancers will leave with a sense of understanding across several artforms that will really enrich their work and embrace their inner Warrior!

Why is it important to South East London Branch to run this kind of event?

We wanted to create meaningful opportunities to bring our membership together and really focus on the wonderful multi-cultural vibe that exists within South East London, so we did something about it. This event combines skills training, empowerment, cultural exchange and the opportunity for both actors and dancers to attend. The female, BAME focus is particularly designed to breathe new life into our membership and make sure the union is representative and active in making diverse work.

Who is involved and what will the day consist of?

We’re really proud to say that with help from Different Women all the event tutors, even the photographers are female identifying, BAME and/or LGBTQ. It was really important for the unknown funds money to go towards creating paid opportunities for those communities.

The morning will begin with a women-only fight workshop led by the inspiring, fiery fight-director and movement specialist Yarit Dor (Rose Bruford, ALRA, RADA, The Globe), followed by a Warrior Character Dance & Improv Workshop with me, Ariane Barnes, founder of Different Women performer, teacher and improviser (Titus
Andronicus, Maroon Queen, Berenice, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical!, RADA, FDS, Italia Conti) with Live African Drumming!

The afternoon is open to ALL and will focus on a 'Warrior Wisdom' ted x-style talk on warrior archetypes such as the Orixas, Maroons and Amazons and how they are applied to writing and performing convincing warrior women now. The day will end with an informal sharing of our experiences in a Power Circle.

Does anyone attending need experience in fight, dance or improv?

The basic requirement is that you are an actor and identify as female. Other than that no former experience is required, the morning is open to women only and the talk is open to all genders. Different Women love to focus on a performers unique ability and traits so this really is the place to discover this and bring it to life to enrich your craft. We strongly encourage all ethnicities and ages to attend this event to facilitate cultural exchange and diversity.

When is it again?
‘Warrior Women Like Me’ will run from 10 A.M to 4 P.M @ ALRA SOUTH on the 27th of July in the Great Hall. You can book here: https://warriorwomenlikemetx.eventbrite.co.uk