This is the twentieth consecutive production by the Real People Theatre Company for York International Women’s Week. The theme is  “resilience”, surely something we could all do with as individuals, as a country and as a planet in these troubled times.

During two months of lively weekly rehearsals, ten women have gathered their ideas and experiences as a springboard for audience discussion. What does “resilience” mean to you? Is it in your DNA? Does it come through life experiences? What is it all about?

The stories and images cover a great deal of territory: childhood memories from World War II, ancestors who settled in New Zealand, African women’s  resilience, the art project of indigenous Canadian women, and the life   challenges faced by a woman from India. There is a scene about marriage conflict and the audience can share different points of view. Finally there is the story of a Jewish refugee family and how to keep calm and courteous as a cyclist – an odd combination but you have to be there to appreciate the link!

If any of this resonates with you, then you are welcome to join the company as they explore this theme in RESILIENCE on Friday 1 March 7.30-9.30 pm or Saturday 2 March 2-4 pm at the Quad South Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX. Tickets on the Door £6 (£5 concession). Enquiries to Artistic Director, Sue Lister, 01904 488870.

You can find previous productions at and Sue is thinking of opening the door to other women directors in the company’s  twenty-first year. If you are a woman interested in directing a show of your own on social issues, then contact Sue on 01904 488870 to discuss possibilities!