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WACL Speaker Dinner - Jude Kelly

May 13 – 6:45 pm , The Savoy

On Monday 13th May our guest of honour will be theatre director and producer Jude Kelly, CBE. This will be the last formal dinner of this WACL 2018/19 year and we’ll be back at The Savoy. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Jude as my final speaker. Jude is an incredible woman with a hugely successful career, and is a passionate feminist - so I hope you’ll agree a very relevant speaker for our Club. My heartfelt thanks go to Stevie Spring for making this happen.

It's hard to know where to start as there’s so much to say about Jude – you’ll have to come along on the 13th to hear more! - here’s just a flavour of some of her achievements…

Jude’s career has seen her direct more than 100 productions for the likes of Royal Shakespeare Company, the English National Opera, the National Theatre and in the West End – many of them award-winning. Her many successes include ‘Singin in the Rain’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘The Seagull’ and ‘The Tempest’ starring former WACL speaker Sir Ian McKellen, ‘When We Were Married’ with Dawn French, and the ENO’s most successful production ‘On The Town’ to name a few. She founded Solent People's Theatre, then worked at the Battersea Arts Centre in its infancy and was the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, which is now recognised as a centre of excellence. She led the cultural team for the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic bid and subsequently served on the Board of the Cultural Olympiad.

Often described as ‘the most powerful woman in British arts’, last year she stepped down as artistic director of the Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution after 12 years to focus on ‘Women of the World’ (WoW), the festival she founded in 2010. A global movement celebrating the achievements of women and girls, but also the obstacles they face, WoW has been a phenomenal success. In its’ nine years, WoW has reached over two million people worldwide and there are now more than 60 sister festivals in countries including Brazil, China, Pakistan, Somaliland and the US. It has become the biggest festival in the world dedicated to presenting work by women and promoting equality for women and girls.

Jude is a regular broadcaster and commentator on a range of issues relating to society, art and education.

Timing: 6.45pm drinks, dinner 7.30pm

Dress code: Business dress