In light of London now being subject to tier 4 restrictions, the series start date of Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels has been put back to 1st February 2021, with the digital press viewing rescheduled for 1st March.
While all the creative work on the project is being completed with social distancing, the tighter restrictions have thrown up logistical issues which have deferred the final shoot date.
Two women. One photograph. A young woman sends a topless selfie to her boyfriend as a bit of flirtatious fun. When he shows it to his best friend for a laugh, he can’t imagine her having any other reaction. But what starts out as a joke soon turns into an accusation of something much darker. At what point does admiration become a form of control? How do we say ‘stop’ when it becomes apparent that we are complicit in hurting other women? If someone you know to be a good person, starts to prove themselves otherwise, how do you walk away?
Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels explores the issue of assumed consent and how it contributes to a culture of complicity and control towards women. Men have long held power in relationships with tools that have no name; this story aims to identify those methods.
Writer and performer Athena Stevens says “The events that led me to write this play were the same events that made me become a feminist and to work for the Women’s Equality Party. I suddenly had the realisation that I was expected to follow a script in my relationships, one that was inevitably harmful to other women. Oppression is always dependent on silence. I refuse to be a cog in the machine built to oppress women.”
Presented in 28 separate episodes, Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels will be streamed daily at 6pm from 1 February 2021 via the Finborough Theatre’s YouTube channel, culminating in a recording of the whole play which will be available from 1 March until 1 April 2021.
As part of the Finborough Theatre’s #FinboroughForFree initiative, the theatre will be releasing a new work every month during our closure to watch online for free. Following our successful release of archive recordings during 2020, the Finborough Theatre is now moving into original content for 2021. For more information about this and other Finborough Theatre productions currently available to stream online, visit the Finborough Theatre website at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
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Running Time: episodes around 7mins each, 28 episodes in total | Suitable for ages 14+
Written by Athena Stevens Directed by Lily McLeish
Designed by Anna Reid Lighting by Anthony Doran Music and Sound by Julian Starr
Presented by Sarah Lawrie for Aegis Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.
Daily episodes 1 – 28 February 2021
Full film available 1 March – 1 April 2021
All available via the Finborough Theatre YouTube Channel as part of #FinboroughForFree
Simultaneously streamed with subtitles on Scenesaver
Episodes streamed at 6pm daily
Free | www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk