An ARC Stockton, Little Cog and HOME Manchester commission
Written and directed by
“It is a dynamo solo performance from actor Phillipa Cole and is chock-full of witty and cleverly explored disability politics and feminist issues.”
Disability Arts Online
Vici’s Homemaker commission will present work in two parts – the short film Siege exploring what it means to be disabled and ‘looked at’ and The Wrong Woman Discussions, a series of five themed discussion films between disabled women performance makers. Both can be seen on their own but for the full experience it is recommended to watch the discussions before watching Siege to get the full impact of the work.
Part 1: The Wrong Woman Discussions
A series of five themed discussion films between disabled women performance makers. Free and available here.
Part 2: Siege – the film
Written and directed by Vici Wreford-Sinnott
Performed by Philippa Cole
BSL interpretation Sue Lee
Siege is a short, filmed character monologue exploring what it means to be disabled and ‘looked at’. It’s from a longer-term piece of work and centres on the character of Mim (rhymes with quim). Mim, performed by the brilliant Philippa Coles, is a funny, edgy radical, trying to live a subversive lifestyle right slap bang in the middle of the radar, with a shame-free approach to the disabled female body, who can’t get a gig. What’s it gonna take to change that?
The monologue is a part of character exploration for a longer piece of work, originally intended to be a national touring production in 2021 – we’ll see what the future now brings but it has been interesting/challenging creating work to share in short film form in the digital realm. It’s neither a beginning nor an ending, it’s just where we are now.
You can find our more about the inspiration behind Siege in this blog post from Vici Wreford-Sinnott.
“As a live performance maker dependent on the electric energy the exchange with a live audience brings, the initial prospect of making work for the internet, which feels bigger than the universe and is currently awash with amazing talent, was quite daunting. But once I’d connected to the themes that interest me most – funny bold women, lesser heard voices and a punk sensibility – I knew it was an opportunity to create a space for something very exciting, possibly explosive.”
Content Warning : Strong language, disability discrimination, misogyny, sexual assault, use of a handgun, images of TV static
There are BSL, captioned and audio described versions of the film.