Radical Acts


Radical Acts


Radical Acts is a response to the centenary of some women getting the vote in 1918. At the heart of the project is the question ‘what radical action do women and girls need to make today?’  Radical Acts will be a series of interventions created by women in public space and culminate in a site-specific, immersive performance in Bradford in September 2018.


Saturday 21st July – The Wedding of the Year Get married to yourself. There will be a mass wedding in the Banqueting Suite of Bradford City Hall. Women will write their own vows, to love, honour and obey themselves, there will be guests, speeches, flowers, balloons and we expect about 60 women to get married on one day.


17th-19th August – Mums Work Hard / End the Benefit Cap (working title) –  Hope Rising Action Group campaign against the benefit cap and this action will be made with parents and children over a 3 day residency to create a radical action to be staged on the streets of Lower Grange estate on the 19th August 2018. 


Sunday 2nd September – Peaceophobia

In response to the rise of islamophobia across the world. ‘Islam’ means ‘peace’ and Peaceophobia will be a playful challenge to hate crime. This idea was seeded by the teenagers at Speakers Corner who will continue to develop it, and will take place in cars across the city, in car parks, with paint fights where young people create signs that say ‘Islamophobia is a hate crime’ which are then attached to cars and driven across the city to the next site.  

RADICAL ACTS: DAY 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Thursday 19th – Sunday 23rd September 2018 – Radical Acts: The Play 

Radical Acts is a celebration of disobedient action that women have taken to make change throughout history and the present day. All movement in the play, every action, gesture is historical and all text performed is contemporary, from personal experiences of the radical for women today. The acts together will make a collage of radical experience that reflect the everyday and the epic. Radical Acts will be performed by women and girls of all ages and backgrounds, most performing for the first time. The piece will be multilingual and the acts will be based on local, national and international history. Action will be staged with audience and performers around tables, with some moments very intimate and others transformative and fantastical.

Radical Acts is staged site-specific at The Bradford Club, 1 Piece Hall Yard, Bradford, BD1 1PJ from 20th-23rdSeptember 2018, £10 (£5) and £1 for anyone on any benefits tickets available from Theatre in the Mill on 01274 233200 or email theatre@bradford.ac.uk

I think it’s very, very important for a woman – in her life she does everything for other people, but she neglects herself.At first it was very emotional, but after that, when you’re married, you feel very happy inside.



Get Involved

Radical Snacks is our drama food club that happens every Monday 11am-1pm at Speakers Corner, 4 Ivegate, Bradford. Open to women of all ages. Please email Sonia Sandhu on info@commonwealththeatre.co.uk for more details.

We have a workshop at the Barbican Centre on Saturday 9th June as part of TRANSFORM’S Spirit of Change Pit Party takeover, more details of this here: https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/spirit-of-change-the-transform-pit-party