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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

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 


Sphinx Artistic Director Sue Parrish to speak on the Glass Ceiling 

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Women Centre Stage Writers Meeting 28th August

Thank you to all the wonderful  writers and literary managers that joined us last week to discuss the current climate of contemporary theatre and how we can better place women centre stage. The debate was brilliant, intelligent and thought provoking and fingers crossed there will be more to come so watch this space ! In the meantime here are some pictures.

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Sphinx Win Awards at the Brighton Fringe Festival 

 We're delighted to announce our success at this year's fringe winning BEST CABARET in the Latest awards and an ARGUS ANGEL for Artistic Excellence. 

For more information and pictures of the show see our events page here.



 Words and Women is launching a new commissioning opportunity

Words and Women is launching ‘About,’ an exciting new writing commission to create 4 texts for performance and the page.  The Arts Council funded project will help develop work which explores the life of women and their relationship to place within the East of England. 


The commission means 4 writers, selected through an open competition, will not only be given paid time to write but will be mentored by Words and Women as well as theatre director Adina Levay and performance poet Hannah Walker. 


The resulting new work will be published in Words and Women’s second anthology and performed on International Women’s Day next year.   Deadline Midnight 26th September, 2014.  See here for entry details.

OUR THEATRE PICK this week...

Electra at the Old Vic playing until the 20th December 

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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