'Cherchez la femme' is a somewhat cheeky French phrase. It embodies a cliché of detective pulp fiction: no matter what the problem, a woman is often the root cause. However, to many of us this could be stated conversely: no matter the woman, there is often a problem she is having to solve. And usually, with a good dollop of humour.
This International Women's Day we are reclaiming this phrase and taking the month of March to turn detective and 'look for the woman’ in our own way. We are bringing together some of the best woman-led clowning and comedy, plus the London Premiere of an original piece of theatre to celebrate, interrogate and explore all things femme and female.
We'll have women in the environment, tackling global warming. Women in politics. In marriage and divorce. In sexual awakening, in cabaret, in family, in work, in puppetry, in song, and in life. Maybe we'll even have a femme fatale...
When you look for the woman, who knows what else you'll find.
Join us this March at the Rosie to look for the woman!
Click here to read a fantastic write up of the festival by Zuma Puma.
With thanks to @inkterrorist for the festival artwork.