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Sophie Roberts: Teenage Girls Will Save the World

Sophie Roberts: Teenage Girls Will Save the World

Performer Tatum Warren-Ngata and Silo Artistic Director Sophie Roberts in rehearsals for The Wolves
Silo Artistic Director directs performer Alex King in rehearsals for The Wolves
The Wolves ensemble in rehearsals with Silo Artistic Director Sophie Roberts

Theatre, like many art forms, can be pretty hierarchical. Drama is viewed as more “important” than comedy, a big flash set more than a small empty stage, older perspectives more than younger. I don’t mean to discredit experience by any means, but I do call bullshit on the cultural value we ascribe certain stories over others.

As the artistic director of a theatre company, I spend a lot of time thinking about stories, why we tell them, who gets to do the telling and why people should listen. We recently opened a show called The Wolves about a women’s high school soccer team. I wanted to do this work because I feel strongly about young women being taken seriously and represented in our cultural canon and this was a work where we get to discover young women on their own terms and observe them at the centre of their own experience.

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