‘Endurance stands out for the sheer strength of its raw and heartfelt commitment to its subject... the energy, poise, passion and occasional anger of the women is unforgettable and deeply impressive.’
★★★ The Scotsman
"We are all different ages, backgrounds and personalities but this play has bonded us..."
"I loved it! I feel so inspired. It transported me through time and space. It was such a tight performance and script"
"Recordings, projections and film footage bring some of those resolute contenders who made weightlifting, shot putting, shooting and the pentathlon into 'feminine' sports into the Endurance mix of spoken text and movement. The sheer force of conviction that powers through the ensemble show of humour, respect, regret and simmering outrage is a reminder of equality-races still to be run and won."
★★★ The Herald
"powerful and excellent performance"
"You might ask what does a fat, disabled wheelchair user possibly have in common with a strong female athlete but we both have had a mountain to climb and to smash restrictions others put on us. We both push hard to achieve. I saw the show as my challenge."
“We've been searching,
We’ve been at it for months and months
Not quite sure where it will take us or where it will end
Searching for stories about her
Whoever she might be...”
In July 2014 A Moment’s Peace in co-production with The Arches presented Endurance as part of Festival 2014, the Cultural Programme surrounding Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games.
This striking new theatre production took audiences on a journey of discovery, imagining and recreating the historical and personal stories of Commonwealth sportswomen from across the world.
Created by over twenty-five women and presented by sixteen women from communities across Glasgow, Endurance considered the changing role of women in competitive sport, examining issues of femininity and strength, national identity and the continuing journey towards gender equality.
This piece was the most ambitious project to date by The Women’s Creative Company. Under the Artistic Direction of Catrin Evans and working with leading Scottish artists the groups’ research took them from the Commonwealth Archives at Stirling University to the edge of a diving board in Bermuda. They flew through the sky with a long jumper from St Kitts & Nevis and embarked on a treacherous month long boat journey to Australia to compete in the one hundred yard sprint. Interviewing current and past sportswomen from across the globe ensured that this project reached further afield than any creative research they had undertaken before.
The result was a beautiful interrogation of what it takes to cross the line, and asking whose success we are being encouraged to remember.
Explore the process of making the show through our Endurance archive.
Hear us talking about the show on BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour
By Catrin Evans and The Women’s Creative Company
Text and Direction: Catrin Evans
Movement Director (Devising & Development): Jen Edgar
Movement Director (Production): Janice Parker
Assistant Director: Claire Willoughby
Composition and Sound Design: Scott Tynholm
Stage Design and Costume: Claire Halleran
Lighting Design: Simon Wilkinson
AV Design: Marta Markova & Brian Matheson
Digital / Exhibition Artist: Alex Horowitz
Creative Producer: Lucy Gaizely
Sign Language Interpreter: Natalie MacDonald
Endurance was performed from July 24th to 27th alongside a whole host of exciting work as part of The Arches Culture 2014 programme.
As part of the production we integrated BSL interpretation into all of our performances, an exciting first for A Moment’s Peace.
FUNDED and SUPPORTED BY:
© A MOMENT'S PEACE 2014
A Moment's Peace became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) in May 2013. Our Charity Number is SC044000.