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WE'RE NOW CONFUSING DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY. WHICH IS OUR PRIORITY?

The Guardian, 17th June 2018

 

WOMEN ARE BEING EXCLUDED FROM THE STAGE. IT'S TIME FOR QUOTAS

The Guardian, 24th April 2018

 

SPHINX THEATRE'S SUE PARRISH: WE MUST BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS TO GENDER PARITY

The Stage, 8th March 2018 for International Women's Day

 

DIRECTORS MUST DEAL WITH HOW OLDER PLAYS DEPICT WOMEN

WhatsOnStage, 12th May 2017

 

TIMBERLAKE WERTENBAKER: "I GOT TO FEEL THAT NOBODY WANTED ME"

The Guardian, 30th April 2017

 

NO, DOMINIC CAVENDISH - YOU ARE THE THOUGHT POLICE

The Play's The Thing, 24th February 2017

 

ELLEN MCDOUGALL ON RUNNING THE GATE THEATRE AND WHY WE STILL DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FEMALE ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

The Evening Standard, 23rd February 2017

 

Sphinx Artistic Director Sue Parrish has been in touch with the Stage and the Guardian off the back of our Women Centre Stage Festival #jointhedebate:

 

DON'T OVERLOOK WOMEN IN THEATRE

Email to The Stage from Sue Parrish

The Stage, 21st December 2016

 

WOMEN WHO ARE MAKING THEIR WAY TO CENTRE STAGE

The Guardian, 5th December 2016

 

 

WOMEN CENTRE STAGE FESTIVAL 2016

 

We're thrilled to announce that Women Centre Stage: Powerplay was a huge success. Read more from our Artistic Director Sue Parrish in her letter to the Guardian

'Women who are making their way onto centre stage'

 

and more from the press here

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Female Arts

Ought to be Clows

 

 

Pick of the Week

We are thrilled to anounce that our collection of plays, Women Centre Stage: Eight Short Plays By and About Women, has been published by Nick Hern and is now available to buy here: Nickhernbooks.co.uk/women-centre-stage. The plays are a selection from the many that were commissioned and developed as part of our two Women Centre Stage festivals to date. Selected by Artistic Director Sue Parrish, the plays are:

 

How to Not Sink by Georgia Christou

In Wilderness by April De Angelis

In Chloe Todd Fordham’s The Nightclub

Fucking Feminists by Rose Lewenstein

Tituba by Winsome Pinnock

In The Road to Huntsville by Stephanie Ridings

White Lead by Jessica Siân

What is the Custom of Your Grief? by Timberlake Wertenbaker

 

The collection will be launched at the Hampstead Theatre on the 13th, and it's available to pre-order now on the Nick Hern website. We can't wait to see it in print!

 

Our Spring tour of A Berlin Kabaret is now sadly over, although we finished with a bang at Brighton Fringe with three sell-out performances and some rave reviews!:

 

It’s a passionate tour de force from the impressive quartet of performers who hold the audience spellbound throughout with their superb voices and powerful characterisation.  “ Pick of the Day, Brighton on the Inside

 

Sphinx Theatre brought a different class to the fringe this year. ” The Latest, 5 Stars

 

On one level, A Berlin Kabaret! is an audacious attempt to unpack historical moments through the music of the time, though that’s not all it is. Far from being an academic undertaking, the show is more a medley of funny and thought-provoking tunes from some of the century’s best songwriters.” The Brighton Source

 

This won't be the Kabaret's last outing, so keep your eyes peeled.

 

The timely revival of Winsome Pinnock's LEAVE TALKING opened at Bush Theatre on the 24th May 2018 and it is playing until the 30th June, so make sure you get over to see it. Winsome wrote a brand new piece, Tituba, for our last Women Centre Stage festival in 2016, and we look forward to working with her again in the future.

 

Here's an extract from her interview with Lyn Gardner in The Guardian about her experience as a black female writer, and being supported in her early career by the

 

“You are always finding yourself cast as a beginner, always a young writer, even though I no longer was,” she says. “There was a sense for me and my peers, other black women writers, of feeling we weren’t allowed to grow up and progress – the feeling that I constantly had to prove myself over and over, and never getting to the point when people said, ‘You can do this.’”

 

"Leave Taking is a beautifully observed, moving account of a second generation immigrant family navigating the familial conflicts between generations and cultures."

 

Read her interview with Lyn Gardner in the Guardian here.

Sphinx Supports

 Our friends at Tangle are looking for a new Company Manager, Deadline 14th June:

 

Tangle are seeking a gifted Company Manager, as passionate about theatre as about developing their own skills and ideas, to work with them as they embark on a new and exciting stage of development.

 

Are you interested in African Caribbean theatre? Passionate about the future of black-led theatre in the UK? This could be the role for you!

 

Details  here

 

 

 

We were excited to see professor Elaine Aston writing about her experience using the SPHINX TEST with her feminist critical reflections classes.

 

"Although the test has theatre makers in mind, I’ve been exploring it as a first-base, gender-awareness exercise in relation to canonical, dramatic texts. At the outset, students are invited to think of a recognised play that is in some way important to them. Thereafter, each student applies the test to that drama, which in turn provides an opportunity for collective, critical reflection on whether and how the ‘malestream’ is evidenced in renowned drama, past and present."

Elaine Aston

 

Read more about her thoughts HERE

 

 

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