PUTTING WOMEN CENTRE STAGE...
hereThe debate on gender inequality in British theatres is raging!
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44 DC Theatres Plan City Wide Women's Play Festival
44 Theatres in Washington DC will each produce a world-premiere play written by a woman in Autumn 2015 as part of the Women's Voices Festival. Three cheers for the co-organizers of this festival , Molly Smith Artistic DIrector of Arena Stage and Eric Schaeffer, Artistic Director of Signature Theatre and for all the participating theatres.
For more information here
Sue Parrish in the News!
Sphinx's Artistic Director Sue Parrish is always busy fighting the good fight for women in theatre.
In October Sue's letter to the editor was published in The Stage as a call for acknowledgement of context when talking about women in theatre. See the letter here.
In August Sue's letter to the editor was published in response to a Leader article in The Times about the National Theatre in which not one woman was mentioned, despite numerous women having contributed and indeed oftentimes led the way both behind the scenes and onstage.
Of course The Times is safely behind their firewall so that only Times Subscribers can see content online. But here is Sue's letter in full:
"How uplifting to see The Times celebrate the fifty years of the National Theatre in its leading article, Saturday 17th. How extraordinary, then, that no woman, either director, writer or actor features in the litany of the National’s undoubted success. And how interesting that neither the leader writer nor the editor noticed the absence; could the writer be a man I wonder? There were opportunities not taken in the article to include women: in ‘the best of British talent’ drawn to the NT: Deborah Warner, Fiona Shaw, Katie Mitchell, and in the list of major successes; Marianne Elliott as the director of two recent West End hits, War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime; or Helen Mirren as Phedre, seen by millions via film and most recently Marianne Jean- Baptiste in the Amen Corner. The account of the NT made it seem an unassailable male bastion, when in fact there are many women contributing onstage and backstage to its huge creative success. This was exacerbated by the article in the Review section focused on the exclusively male Artistic Directors of the NT. It is also dispiriting that the litmus test of acting is still classical roles, (listed in the article as Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Othello and Frankenstein), which by tradition and repertoire hugely disfavours women.
Bring on the creation of a new generation of female protagonists to take centre stage!
Sue Parrish "
Exciting new all female theatre group Hot Coals are on at Park Theatre with their new show Storm in a Teacup. Playing until 16th March.
- 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.