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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 : Heroines 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 


OUR THEATRE PICK this week...

We suggest you get yourself down to the National Theatre to see Behind the Beautiful Forever's running until May 5th 

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


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

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