Instaviews with Director Elizabeth Benbow & Writer Elisabeth Lewerenz

Ellie and Lizzie are the writer and director of the new show How We Begin, debuting at VAULT Festival this February. 

Instaviews with Director Elizabeth Benbow & Writer Elisabeth Lewerenz

About this event

Starts: Wednesday 8 February 2023 12:30 PM

Ends: Wednesday 8 February 2023 1:00 PM

At: Instagram Live, @voicemaguk

How We Begin – A New Play About Love, Identity, And Making Enough Room in Your Calendar to Sleep With Your Best Friend – Comes to VAULT Festival 2023. 

How We Begin celebrates all things bisexual in a heartfelt portrayal of navigating the often complex nuances of a queer relationship. Opening on Valentine’s Day 2023 and running for 7 performances only, this is a hit new play about love, identity, and trying to make enough room in your calendar to sleep with your best friend. 

“It’s weird, sleeping on someone else’s sofa. It’s even weirder when that sofa is the sofa of the woman you’re having a bisexual love affair with.” 

Writer Elisabeth Lewerenz and director Elizabeth Benbow met in 2019 during the VAULT Writers Programme showcase, forming their company Surfacing Acts Theatre. How We Begin, which has been in development for two years, is the company's debut play. Director Elizabeth Benbow shares: 

“This play proudly and powerfully showcases the joyful, sometimes messy facets of queer female love, which is often underrepresented or misrepresented in contemporary media. It brings me great joy to finally present this moving play to a larger audience and bring it back to where it all started.”

Produced in collaboration with creative producer Antonia Georgieva, the production comes full circle and finally takes to the VAULT Festival stage in 2023 after last year’s postponement.

Additionally, the script is 1 of 5 selected to be published in Nick Hern’s anthology of plays from this year’s festival. 

Come and join us Wednesday at 12:30 PM and meet the creative minds behind what sounds like a great and timely show!


Saskia Calliste

Saskia Calliste Voice Team

Saskia is the Deputy Editor of Voice and has worked on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Anti-Bullying Week. Outside of Voice, Saskia is a published author (Hairvolution) and has guest featured in various other publications (The Women Writers’ Handbook/ Cosmopolitan/ The Highlight). She has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and an MA in Publishing. She is a mentor for Women of the World Global, has guest lectured at the University of Roehampton and has led seminars/panel talks on Race, Equality and Diversity. She was a 2022 Guest Judge for Dave (TV Channel) in search of the 'Joke of the Fringe'. She is 27-years-old, based in London, and loves to cook and explore new places in her spare time.

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