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Live Stream on Wednesday 25 May of The Diary of a Hounslow Girl are very excited to announce that there’ll be a live streaming of The Diary of a Hounslow Girl by Ambreen Razia this Wednesday from 7.20pm.

Head to Black Theatre Live for 7.20pm on Wed 25 May to see live interviews before the curtain goes up at 7.30pm. After the performance there’ll be a backstage chat & post-show Q&A.

Wherever you are watching you can Tweet or Facebook your questions for the Q&A after the show to #HounslowGirl

We’re delighted to be publishing this play, which has been getting fantastic 4 & 5 star reviews, find out more here.

The production is being filmed by Black Theatre Live’s digital partners Pilot Theatre at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.


Ambreen Razia’s debut play getting 4 & 5 star reviews

diaryofmuslimgirlWe’re thrilled to be publishing Ambreen Razia’s debut play The Diary of a Hounslow Girl.

Ambreen is currently touring her one-woman monologue around the UK, and has been getting fabulous 4 & 5 star reviews.  Here’s just a sample!

“Ambreen Razia has written, and is now performing a one-woman monologue The Diary Of a Hounslow Girl, at venues around the UK and it’s a powerful piece of theatre indeed… Ambreen Razia’s performance is astonishing and engaging. For any actor to hold an audience interested for over an hour is an achievement in itself. The fact that she manages to inject the performance with humour, and the fervour of youth, says a lot about her understanding of her subject, of the quality of the writing and of the talent of Razia herself.” 5 stars Douglas Mayo, Read the full review here

“With her debut show The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, Ambreen Razia proves to be as talented a writer as she is a performer. This is a sophisticated, moving and often very funny piece of writing, particularly nuanced in its depiction of Shaheeda’s relationship with her mother. Smart, astute, and funny play about the life a British-Pakistani teenager.” Lauren Mooney, The Stage Read the full review here

“Ambreen Razia is cutting, mocking and empathetic by turns.” Verity Healey, Theatre Bubble Read the full review here

“This simultaneously amusing and poignant show reminds us that behind every seemingly surly and irascible teenager is a person just as human as we are.” Chris Omaweng, London Theatre 1 Read the full review here

“A fresh and hilarious play written and performed by such a talented lady that I did not just enjoy the play, I was completely and utterly impressed by it.” Emily Cousins, Everything Theatre Read the full review here


Check out the trailer for The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

Maria Giese is changing history!

Maria GieseA year ago, Maria Giese complained to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) about gender discrimination when she felt she had hit a glass ceiling, being passed over for directing work on movies and TV shows.

This week she and thousands of other women directors are one step closer as it is revealed that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has begun expanding its investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood.

Maria Giese contributed a chapter on the current state of play for women directors in Hollywood for our book Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema.

Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media said of the book that it “…honors the women in cinema who actively paved the way for future women in this indusilent-women-bookstry, and brought attention to the issue of gender bias in media, a problem we are still fighting today.”  Gayle Nachlis, Senior Director of Education, Women In Film Los Angeles added “Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema is inspirational reading for any woman who dreams to express her vision through film in any direction this industry takes us. Only by understanding our past can we embrace our greatest future.”

Read more on this in the Los Angeles Times and The Daily Beast.

Maria Giese wrote and directed two feature films: When Saturday Comes, (starring Emily Lloyd, Sean Bean & Pete Postlethwaite) and Hunger, based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winner, Knut Hamsun. She introduced the plight of women directors to the ACLU and co-founded the activist/agitator web forum, ‘Women Directors in Hollywood’, which helped initiate the current EEOC joint government agency investigation. While writing regularly about women directors (Ms. Magazine, Elle, Film Inquiry, IndieWIRE), she has been  featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and on Bloomberg TV, among others. Giese is currently the subject of several documentaries and is working on a book about her work. Educated at Simon’s Rock of Bard College, Wellesley College, and UCLA Graduate School of Film and Television, she is an active member of the Directors Guild of America, and is currently attached to direct several feature films.

Picture credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Rachel Barnett named the first ever writer in residence for Milton Keynes

9781906582951Rachel Barnett has been named the first ever writer in residence for the town of Milton Keynes as part of the town’s 50th birthday celebrations.

We published her play collection Four Short Plays for Young People which was enthusiastically received by The Stage who said “It’s never easy to find inclusive, meaty plays suitable for youth theatres or schools so this contribution from well established children’s playwright Rachel Barnett (whose adaptation of Gorilla is currently enjoying a revival at Polka Theatre) is very welcome. Rocketfuel is a nicely balanced piece about risk taking and boundaries commissioned for gap year students to perform in secondary schools. LOL: Laughing Out Loud, Crying Insideis about cyberbullying and the role of bystanders, intended for performance to 11-14 year olds by slightly older students. Three Shoes and Noah make up the quartet. All four plays are fine, thoughtful pieces likely to inspire discussion. Commissioned and successful in their original settings, they are now being made available for more widespread use.”


We’ve won Gold!

imageMore champagne flowing at Aurora Metro as Cheryl Robson collects the top award for short film documentary at WorldFest, the Houston International Film Festival.

The Gold Remi award was awarded to Rock n Roll Island directed by Cheryl Robson and Helen Walker and narrated by Nigel Planer on the music scene on Eel Pie Cheryl Robson collecting Remi for Rock n Roll Island docIsland in Twickenham, the birth place of British rock n roll.

You can snap up a copy of the accompanying book ‘The British Beat Generation – Rock N Roll Island’ here.




Now recruiting: Business Development Executive

Business Development Executive £22,000 a year

Aurora Metro Publications has published over 200 titles in print and digital formats – many of which have won UK and International Industry awards.

The Company was set up 27 years ago as a drama publisher and has developed into other markets including Fiction, non-Fiction and YA Fiction.

We now have Sales and Distribution representation in many markets from the UK, through to US/Canada, Asia and Australia.

Aurora Metro Publications is part of a wider group with a sister company with charitable status covering a range of multi-media activities including film, exhibitions and workshops.

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Celebrating 120 Years of Women in Film


kathryn-bigelowSunday 5 June, 7.15pm

Connaught Theatre, Worthing part of Worthing WOW

An expert panel including Laraine Porter (British Silent Film Festival), Nuala O’Sullivan (Women Over 50 Film Festival) and Kate Kinninmont MBE (CEO, Women in Film and Television) discuss 120 years of women as makers and creators of cinema. The panel will be chaired by Melody Bridges, co-editor and contributing author of our bestselling Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema.

It has been argued that the first narrative film was made in 1896 by director Alice Guy-Blache. 120 years later, only one woman has been awarded the Best Director trophy at the Academy Awards. Expect a lively debate about diversity within the film industry, favourite film clips from Lois Weber to Jane Campion, and a look ahead to how the television and film industry may change in the future.

Event supported by Women in Film and Television and Film Hub South East.

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