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 hereThe debate on gender inequality in British theatres is raging!

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


OUR THEATRE PICK this week... 

Camden People's Theatre are back with their Calm Down, Dear Festival of Feminist Theatre throughout September. Find out more here 


Jules Wright

We are very sad to announce the passing of our great friend and colleague Jules Wright. She was a driving force in forging the progress of women in theatre and will be sorely missed. 


 From left to right: Rosemary Squire, Sue Parrish and Jules Wright


The Times

The Guardian

The Last Word BBC Radio 4 


Sphinx patron Beatrix Campbel and Rahila Gupta need not only Sphinx's support but your support too for their new book' Why Doesn't Patriarchy Die' . To be a part of this project and potentially end up having dinner with Bea, Rahila and Sandi Toksvig click HERE 


Tonic Theatre have just launched their new Platform project focussing on new plays for young actors that put girls stories at the heart of the action and create wonderful roles for young women. Find out more HERE  

Sphinx are happy to support emerging writers, actors, directors and companies who are also putting women centre stage. If you are a company or writer and would like us to look at your script or offer advice and support email 

Women Centre Stage 2015 a Huge Success !!

71 actors, 24 directors, 26 writers and 24 pieces of theatre with a hugely diverse response to the theme of Heroines and all with a drive to put women centre stage.

Thank you so much to everyone that was involved in or came to our festival at the National Theatre Temporary Space and Actors Centre at the end of March. We are delighted by the responses we have received. We saw over a 1000 people through the door so thankyou and we hope that everyone was as inspired as we were. 

Here are some of the write ups

The Stage 

Official Theatre 


For more information on how the event went click HERE

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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 


New Resources

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

  • 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


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 and enter discount code 'OnSuzman'. Enjoy!


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