#MeToo pioneer Patricia Douglas inspires Chloe Wade’s Hollywood underbelly play As SHE Likes It at Stephen Joseph Theatre

Huddersfield writer Chloe Wade in rehearsal for her role as Girl Next Door in As SHE Likes It

AS SHE Likes It, Chloe Wade’s play inspired by the story of a #MeToo pioneer, plays the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, for one night only on January 31.

In 1937, 20-year-old Patricia Douglas was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted at an MGM party. Taking on Hollywood’s most powerful institution, the dancer filed charges that were swiftly dismissed and silenced.

Three generations later, through a fusion of live theatre and filmed footage, As SHE Likes It exposes the cultural legacy of sexism and exploitation that still haunts the industry today.

Join Damsel In Distress, or, as she prefers to be known, her own knight in shining armour, as she removes the rose-tinted filter to reveal the truth behind the romanticised facade.

That truth? She is a Leading Lady who is hiding her sexuality. A Sex Symbol, suppressing her appetite. A Comedy Queen, disguising her sadness with humour. A starry-eyed Girl Next Door, discovering what it really takes to make it in Hollywood.

Krupa Pattani (Mr Bates Vs The Post Office, Without Sin and Silent Witness) makes her touring debut as Damsel In Distress. Lucy Tuck (Sleeping Beauty, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Macbeth) plays Leading Lady, and Tanika Yearwood (Emilia, Love Reign, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), follows up a season at Shakespeare’s Globe by playing Sex Symbol.

Krupa Pattani, left, Stacey Evans, Chloe Wade, Tanika Yearwood and Lucy Tuck rehearsing As SHE Likes It

Stacey Evans (Macbeth, Cold Feet, Vera), fresh from her debut solo show, Hanging Around, is Screwball Comedy Queen and writer Chloe Wade (The Snow Queen, Three Sisters, Doctors) heads the production as Girl Next Door.

Created by Wade, As SHE Likes It is a darkly comedic, queer, contemporary Brechtian-style play that asks: how much has changed between the Hollywood of yesteryear and now?

Wade says it is time that the story of #MeToo pioneer Patricia Douglas and the stories of the many women whose voices have been silenced were told in all their intersectional complexity and fullness. Be prepared to kiss the Hollywood happy ending goodbye.

As SHE Likes It has been created with support from Olivier award-winning playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and is directed by Tilly Vosburgh and produced by Danica Corns.

Huddersfield theatre-maker and actress Wade has appeared in BBC’s Doctors, Honeycomb Lodge (Best Film winner at Delhi International Film Festival), The Fall, directed by Robert Bathurst, and The Secret Love Life Of Ophelia, where she played Ophelia alongside Helen Mirren.

Chloe Wade Productions presents As SHE Likes It, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, January 31, 7.45pm. Box office: 01723 370541 or at www.sjt.uk.com