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The 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... 

The title of Husbands and Fathers at The National Theatre is deceptive it's actually very much about the women, you've got plenty of time to see it before it closes on February 10th

Sphinx Salons

We are thrilled to announce a wonderful turn out and exciting conversation at last weekend's first Sphinx Salon with Professor Elaine Aston and acclaimed playwright April de Angelis.

Here's a continuation of the conversation from Elaine Aston's blog.


Sphinx will be attending this weeks Political Theatre Salon at the houses of parliament. Join Us

#wakingthefeminists! Sphinx supports the great work going on in Ireland currently find out more at

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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