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Julie Parker
(? - living) U.K.

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Theatre actor and director

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In her youth she saw a great deal of theatre in Nottingham, Derby, and Sheffield. She trained as an actor in the early 1970s at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She joined the women's group of Gay Sweatshop. and went on tour with them. She then concentrated more on the administrative side, organising the bookings for Jingleball for Drew Griffiths.

She then became involved in the Women's Festival at the Drill Hall when it was a venue called the Action Space Building. She also worked with the Coventry theatre group Hormone Imballance, and also with the company that ran Action Space.

The Arts Council ended its grant for Action Space and so Julie Parker took over the building with the help of a brewery. The theatre opened in 1981 with a show called Pack of Women by Robin Archer. She was one of the founders of the Stop Clause 28 arts lobby, campaigning against the introduction and implementation of Section 28.

In 1995 the Drill Hall received a three-year grant from the Arts Council to set up a programme called Introductions to encourage new lesbian and gay writers. While at the Drill Hall she has put on work by Neil Bartlett, and also arranged for the collaboration between the drag troupe Bloolips and Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches.

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Source: excerpts from: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html

Her work include:

  • Any Woman Can (1976)
  • Jingleball (1976)
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