Juliet Stevenson

Don’t be needy, remember your sense of humour and write sober
Don’t be needy, remember your sense of humour and write sober
Andrew Steggall's new film Departure (from May 20th) focuses on a middle class family breakup.
During the interview, both on and off camera, Stevenson was a heavenly tidal of rage, enthusiasm, intelligence and common sense. In her own unique and unabashed way, her thoughts and perceptions set a precedent for the #WomenOfACertainAge campaign.
In the DRC women are already seen treated as objects, rather than individuals, in the eyes of society. If agents of the state are actively preventing women from empowering themselves and raising their voices to speak out against discrimination, gender-based violence and political sidelining, then the status quo is unlikely to change. If those brave individuals who do speak out against the government, or who speak for under-represented groups, are sexually tortured into submission, then others are not likely to follow in their footsteps.
Considering this is a Samuel Beckett play about a woman trapped waist deep in rubble and rock, the title of Happy Days may be ironic. But in this superb production it is a beautifully poignant reflection on the struggles of the human spirit against almost impossible obstacles.