International Women’s Day 2023

Not here for your entertainment

Fact Vs Fiction in MVAWG: Not here for your entertainment  

Thursday 9th March, 7pm. Rich Mix, Shoreditch. 

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The appetite for True Crime on TV, podcasts, film and literature is on the rise. We’re all obsessed with violence and murder – there is rarely a TV thriller that does not start with a dead (often naked) woman in a skip, or being dragged from the bottom of a river – or running in fear for her life – as though acts of violence are merely the inciting incident before the mystery is solved – usually by a man. If there is a female protagonist she is often depicted as ‘psycho’ or ‘addicted’ or ‘mentally unwell’  

But the truth is that abuse and assault cause enormous trauma and have a lasting impact on victims/survivors, and the idea that male violence against women and girls is so often a ‘starting point’ for a story is problematic and adds to cultural misogyny.   

What can we do to ensure that our entertainment is entertaining without being exploitative and what does a feminist take on a thriller look like?

Join Solace and our expert all-women panel for an evening of engaging discussion of these issues during International Women’s Month.

Our Line-Up


HARRIET TYCE – Harriet was born and grew up in Edingburgh. She graduated in 1994 with a degree in English Literature before working as a criminal barrister for nearly a decade. She has written three novels to date: all now Sunday Times bestsellers – Blood Orange, The Lies You Told and It Ends at Midnight. She lives in London with her husband and her children and two very nice dogs.


NADINE MATHESON was born and lives in London. She began her working life at the BBC and is now a Criminal Solicitor. In 2016, she won the City University Crime Writing Competition and her debut novel the bestselling The Jigsaw Man has been translated into 15 languages and has been optioned for television. Her second novel featuring DI Henley and the Serial Crime Unit, The Binding Room, was published in July 2022.

NADIA PAPACHRONOPOULOU -Nadia is a theatre director with a wide breadth of experience working in venues across the UK. She has worked with the BBC, Royal and Derngate, Royal Lyceum, Regents Park Open Air, Kiln, Old Vic, Unicorn, The Bunker, the West End and in drama schools across the UK. She is currently directing a virtual immersive experince about the suffragettes movement with Les Enfants Terribles.

EMILY FLORENCE HUTCHINGS – After graduating with a BA in Performing Arts (First Class Hons), her career began using her creativity and interpersonal skills to teach English and Drama to disadvantaged adults and children. Emily is a teacher as trained by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, an actress, and campaigner against domestic violence – regularly working on projects with the press and a variety of organisations in order to raise awareness. She is now currently studying a Masters in Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community, and Social Contexts at Goldsmiths University College.

KAREN BRYSON – North West London born Karen Bryson is one of the UK’s leading British actresses. Her ubiquitous career continues across various multi media platforms. A well respected Theatre, Film and TV actress, whose career has spanned over fifteen years. It all began when she auditioned and got into the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She has performed in theatres all over the country,including RST, The Other Place, The Barbican with the RSC, The Globe, Stratford East to name but a few. She has appeared on TV in series such as The Split, Safe, Back Narcissus, Shameless and Buried. More recently Karen has made her directorial debut with the film Monochromatic.

AND SPECIAL GUEST – LILY PHILLIPS – Lily is one of the most exciting up and coming voices in comedy in the UK. She was a Runner Up at the 2019 Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year, Funny Women Finalist 2018, and was a part of prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a series regular on The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2 – series 2 & 3). Her TV credits also include Period Dramas (BBC3), The Joy Of Missing Out (All4), and comedy shorts for Comedy Central Online. She has also debated at the Oxford Union. Lily has fronted campaigns for Dominos, North Face, Bumble, and Mooncup, bringing her hilarious brand of feminist comedy to the masses


Earlybird ticket = £7.50 (only till 8th February!)

General entry = £12.50

“Bring a Friend” pair of tickets = £20 for 2

Solace Super Supporter Ticker = £30 *Includes entry, x3 raffle tickets, Solace tote bag, notebook and event poster.

Livestream ticket = Suggested donation £5

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