27June2017

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Performers for Peace

Performers for Peace (P4P) develops and performs short pieces of street theatre to support the activism of WILPF, with the support of our director/dramaturg Anna Yen.
Our repertoire, developed over the past eight years, now includes 8 pieces:

  • Votes for Women
  • Margaret Thorpe and the School of Arts
  • A Modern Day Fairy Tale
  • A Few of Those Dangerous Things
  • UNSCR 1325 Blue Silk Dreaming - see YouTube video
  • Sustainability: Need vs Greed
  • Emma Stands Up for Peace – see YouTube videos here and here

Most recently, we developed a new production Listen – Give Racism the Flick! which continues the tradition of opposition to racism which WILPF Australia has had since its earliest days. See YouTube video here.

From its earliest days WILPF did what it could to support societies formed to support Australian Aborigines (and more recently has also actively promoted tolerance and understanding towards people who seek asylum in Australia). Among the workers in this cause prior to World War 2, the names of two WILPF members stand out: Miss Helen Baillie and Miss Amy Brown.

When the Queensland Branch of WILPF re-formed in 1963, the initiator of the Branch was an American woman, Bettye Ruth Kay, who had been a WILPF member in the USA and involved in the civil rights movement in that country.

This latest piece is dedicated to Bettye Ruth and all our WILPF foremothers who stood for the dignity of all others.

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 "There is no way to peace; peace is the way."  
Edith Greene Balch, founding member of WILPF and Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1946.

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