Not Bound Within
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Naomi is currently developing her play Not Bound Within, a battle-cry response to the exploitation of women both past and present and questions what can we learn for our future selves?
After a successful research and development phase of Not Bound Within provided by the Albany’s Hatched programme and funding by Arts Council England, Naomi was invited to return to the venue with a play reading of as part of their series of events for Black History Month 2017.
Naomi is collaborating with fellow theatre makers and is in discussion with arts venues to prepare her play for a full production.
Not Bound Within by Naomi Cortes
Venus, a young Black woman, is in the middle of a crisis. She is fighting with the world and feels she is losing. In the darkest of places, those feelings of helplessness, vulnerability and loneliness are overwhelming.
After a traumatic experience with social media, Venus seeks refuge in a long forgotten museum exhibit, ‘the Hottentot Venus’, about a real historic character - Saartjie Baartman.
What follows is a story of sexual degradation and economic exploitation, as these two women battle with their pasts, the present and their unknown futures.
And for Venus to discover who she is, she must reveal the truth about Saartjie Baartman to the world.
Have a look at selected scenes from the play reading in October 2017 and read Naomi's interview with the New Current as she is profiled in the magazine's Black History Month's edition and her blogpost with A Younger Theatre on the importance of a Black presence in theatre today.