An active research project, led by Charlotte Procter, culminating in an exhibition and limited edition artist bookwork,
that invites women artists and writers to contribute responses to the work of Jane Arden.

Sheila Allen 1932-2011

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I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Sheila Allen.
Taken from the Unfinished Histories website:

Sheila Allen had a long and distinguished career as an actress on stage and screen, and as a teacher and lecturer. She trained at RADA and appeared in many regional theatres before ten years at the RSC and later, several TV series. Her feminism and her friendship with playwright Jane Arden led to her involvement in the innovative feminist theatre piece 'Vagina Rex and the Gas Oven' at Drury Lane Arts Lab, 1969. She also appeared in Arden’s 'A New Communion for Freaks Prophets and Witches' at the Open Space and the film based on it, The Other Side of the Underneath. She went on to play the title-role in Pam Gems’s Queen Christina at the RSC. She continued to act and to teach at drama schools and institutions across London right up until her death on October 11th, 2011.


The Guardian Obituary





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