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Kay Adshead

Kay Adshead

Kay Adshead is Artistic Director and co-founder of the award winning Mama Quilla Theatre Company. It is a woman lead theatre company and spotlights human rights issues. The company has worked in partnership with the All African Women's Group (Mother's Campaign), Women Against Rape and Women in Dialogue. For more information on Mama Quilla, see www.mamaquilla.org. Work as a director includes Hanging Loose(a promenade production in Hulme, Manchester); On the Verge(Man in the Moon), Fen, Entertaining Strangersand The Possibilities(all at the Lyric Hammersmith Studio); East End Talesby Fin Kennedy, Five Crimes Reconstructedand devised and directed Woolworths: The Musical(Broadway Theatre, Barking). Kay has devised and directed A Short (but insightful) Musical History of the British National Party(East 15);The Jugular Project(Guildhall School of Music); and The Beggar's Baby(a site specific community youth project funded by The Guardian at St. Mary's Church commemorating The Putney Debates). She also devised and directed StuffedandWar Song(incorporating The Soldiers Son) (The Crossroads Women's Centre). Kay's acting work includes Cathy in Wuthering Heights(BBC), Linda in Mike Leigh's The Kiss of Death, Tanzi inTrafford Tanzi (Mermaid), Jill in Walking (Royal Court), Moll Gromer in Thee and Meand Muriel in Harlequinade(National Theatre) and Constanze in Amadeus (National Tour). Kay Adshead has been awarded two Arts Council Theatre writing Bursaries and in 1995 she received the Calouste Gulbenkian Award for performance poetry for The Slug Sabbatical. She was previously Writer-in-Residence at Colchester University.