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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

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


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Sphinx friends Book Music and Lyrics are looking for new practitioners 


Applications to join BOOK Music & Lyrics


First Year Composer/Lyricist and Librettist


professional development labs will be accepted


from 1st December


Apply today!


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 


OUR THEATRE PICK this week...

Looking for a Christmas show that gives your children a positive representation of women? Look no further than Ella Hickson's Merlin running at the Royal & Derngate theatre until January 4th. 

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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