Brighton Festival 2021
Part of Digital Democracies

1-31 May 2021

Locations: Hangleton, Moulsecoomb, Whitehawk and Central Brighton


HERstory, 2021


1 May-31 May 2021

£ free

Co-commissioned by Lighthouse in partnership with Brighton Festival, and created by pioneering Theatre Director Stef O’Driscoll, HERstory is a city-wide audio storytelling experience that uncovers the lives and work of women usually hidden from history.

These are the real stories of Brighton-based women as they have lived through the COVID-19 pandemic. Insightful, inspiring and moving, HERstory brings to life the works of community and professional writers including Sabrina Mahfouz, Jade Anouka, and Rachael Young in tales that explore the pandemic through the eyes of a child, single mums, the fight for freedom, the importance of finding connections when we feel alone and the longing for new beginnings.

Where to find

At 18 different listening posts in Hangleton, Moulsecoomb, Whitehawk and Central Brighton, scan a unique QR code to discover the stories and portraits of these Brighton women, all captured by photographer Amaal Said. If you don’t have access to a smartphone or tablet, there will be hub locations around Brighton where you can listen to the stories.

Find out further information about the writers, storytellers and performers ​and locations across Brighton at www.herstorytrail.com.

Amaal Said, photo by Erin James

Following her residency at Lighthouse last year, artist and poet Amaal Said was commissioned to photograph portraits of the subjects for HERstory.

Read about Amaal's residency

Listen to stories by writers

Zena Rose-Allen, Jade Anouka, Mia Daliya Cunningham, Kate O’Donnell, Shirley Falchi, Sabrina Mahfouz, Yolanda Mercy, Jenny Milligan, Nessah Muthy, Julie Orchard, Anna Osella, Malasula Peace, Phonetic, Boudicca Pepper, Nou Ra, Carley Reid, Monsay Whitney and Rachael Young.

Stories by

Travis Alabanza, Lori Asha, Romina Callini, Erin Cooper, Mia Cunningham, curvesdownsouth, Lydia, Shirley Falchi, Veronica Finnegan, Maria, Yasmin, James, Siggi Mwasote, Dandi, Malasula Peace, Carley Reid, Ebi Simpson and Elizabeth Walsh.

Performances by

Toyin Ayedun-Alase, Zena Rose-Allen, Jade Anouka. Lori Asha, Pamela Chandler, Mia Daliya Cunningham, Seroca Davis, Shirley Falchi, Asha Hassan, Zainab Hasan, Charlotte O’Leary, Anna Osella, Malasula Peace, Phonetic, Nou Ra, Carley Reid, Kuchenga and Cat Simmons.

Special thanks to

Audio Active, Brightons People Theatre, Bottega Rooms, Cascade Creative Recovery, Green Little Pig, Miss Represented and Trans Creative.

Creative Team

Creative Director - Stef O’Driscoll (Creative Director), Sofia Stephanou for Arch 468 (Producer), Charlie Cridlan (Designer), Amaal Said (Photographer), Alice Rush for Arch 468 (Associate Producer), Dominic Kennedy (Sound Designer), Colin Everitt (Production Creative), Thom Driver for getofftheweb (Web Designer)


HERSTORY, an Arch 468 Production. Co-commissioned by Lighthouse, Brighton Festival and Arch 468 and created by Stef O’Driscoll. Produced by Lighthouse. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by Threshold Studios, Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Lighthouse through their partners and funders Re-Imagine Europe and Brandwatch.

This commission is part of Re-Imagine Europe, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Lighthouse in Brighton is the UK partner.

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