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PUTTING WOMEN CENTRE STAGE...

 hereThe debate on gender inequality in British theatres is raging!

To see what's being said, take a look at our NEWS page


WOMEN CENTRE STAGE #More Women Launches 

Sphinx had a marvellous time at our launch yesterday. Thanks to all the speakers, Dame Janet Suzman, Rosemary Squire OBE, Tanika Gupa MBE, Penelope Skinner, Tanya Moodie and Jules Haworth and thank you to everyone that came along! Read more at our twitter page @sphinxtheatre or #morewomen.

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Supported by Arts Council England's, Grants for the Arts and Womens Playhouse Trust (aka the Wapping Project)  this new project is looking to inspire and create new roles for women, re- energising the English theatre repertoire with female-centred and female driven plays by male and female artists. Over the coming months we will be working with numerous artists to create new works for stage with extracts and works in progress performances to be performed in a one day festival at the National Theatre on the 28th March 2015. Please find the call for submissions below. 

 

Call for Submissions

Sphinx are looking for submissions for their new project Women Centre Stage.

We are looking for theatre pieces of roughly 10 to 20 minutes to be part of our festival programme at the National Theatre Temporary Space on 28th March 2015. They must be female centred and/or driven and will be presented either as scratch performances, works in progress, or excerpts from longer pieces, from groups or collaborating companies, we are keen to receive submissions written by male and female writers.

Applicants should have some experience of writing and producing for women and should submit a CV with their script, scenario or treatment.

The Festival is a showcase opportunity, and as such small seeding commissions will be available. Workshops and surgeries will be held during the development process. There will also be other professional development opportunities for artists involved on 27th March.

Submissions will be accepted up until the 1st January. To submit a piece or for more information, please email info@sphinxtheatre.co.uk

 

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New Arts Council England equality and diversity report


There's been a new ACE report on equality and diversity with some rather shocking updates of statistics and further assertion that gender inequality is very much still present in the British theatre. Peruse at your pleasure 

HERE 


OUR THEATRE PICK this week...
 

See Sphinx patron Janet Suzman in her new show Solomon and Marion

Solomon and Marion by Lara Foot, Print Room at the Coronet

 

Isolated in her home and grieving for her dead son and lost husband, Marion (Janet Suzman) struggles to find meaning in a country that has been utterly transformed. Hope arrives in the form of Solomon (Khayalethu Anthony), the grandson of Marion’s former servant, but what is his motive? A powerful story about two injured souls searching for redemption in a fragile, post-apartheid South Africa.

 

★★★★ "Suzman is outstanding." Daily Telegraph

 

4-29 NOV 2014. Monday-Friday: 7.30pm, Saturdays 3pm & 7.30pm

Tickets £25/£17, ring 0203 642 6606 or visit http://www.the-print-room.org/page77.htm

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 We'd also like to wish huge luck to a young cast from the University of York who are reimagining Sphinx's 'Playhouse Creatures' by April de Angelis this week. Also running until 29th November in the department of Theatre. Film and Television at the University of York. Alongside their production they're running an opinion board on the 345 year debate about women in theatre join in the debate by tweeting @tvftcreatures.

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New Resources

  • New research from Tonic Theatre with statistics and action plans for theatres. 

http://www.tonictheatre-advance.co.uk/

  • The End of Equality: a new book by Beatrix Campbell 

End of Equality 

 In “The End of Equality”, renowned feminist Beatrix Campbell argues that even as the patriarchy has lost some of its legitimacy, new inequalities are emerging in our culture

  order here from Amazon 

 

 

 

  • An interesting online database of West End Plays by women, produced between 1917 and 1960. In that period there were NINE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-TWO! This fabulous list was compiled by Maggie Gale. Click here to access.
  • Dave Berns has put together a list of US companies and theatres who are actively seeking submissions by or about women. You can take a look here

From The Press

Gripping, heart-ripping, social comment... SENSATIONAL, Time Out

Utterly gripping... politicised theatre at its best, Metro

Skilfully ep-ends stereotypes, Yorkshire Press

Only the stone hearted could remain unaffected, The Stage

The vanguard of risk-taking, controversial theatre, Plays and Players

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Special Offer

Not Hamlet: Meditations on the Frail Position of Women in Drama - by Janet Suzman

Thanks to the lovely people at Oberon Books, friends of Sphinx can get 30% off the RRP of Janet Suzman's new book.

Just go to www.oberonbooks.com/not-hamlet and enter discount code 'OnSuzman'. Enjoy!

 

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