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Award-winning Richmond theatre company hosts free docu-film premiere

The makers of ground-breaking stage production Hysteria delve deeper into the "post-MeToo" world with Where Women Gather

An award-winning Richmond-based theatre company is hosting a free premiere of its documentary on the making of its post-MeToo stage production.

Direct Theatre Collective will share a screening of its “hybrid theatre-film” Where Women Gather on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Arts Centre.

The company, which has won multiple City of Richmond Arts Awards, is spearheaded by Richmond artist and educator Jill Raymond.

A deeper dive into the "post-MeToo" world

Raymond said the documentary is a mix of filmed scenes from their ground-breaking live stage show Hysteria, discussions with the collaborators on the process of creating the story and “further exploration of the vital subject matter of consent, community and healing in a post-metoo world.

“We are hoping to encourage the people in our community to come out and experience this film first hand before we embark on a festival run.

“It is rare to be able to offer an event to the community for free, and we are so happy that with support from the Artistic Services and Community team at the city that we are able to offer this opportunity.”

People of all ages welcome

Although the film deals with tough subject matters – an adult content warning is included – Raymond and the team are hoping that people of all ages above 16 come out to watch the film and participate in the post-show talk-back.

The trailer for the film, alongside registration for your free ticket, is now open on the Direct Theatre Collective Website,

Due to the content, the company recommends an age restriction of 16+. However, if parental permission is granted, younger audience members may attend.

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