EQUAL WRITES: which women are we not seeing represented on stage?

Women are 51% of the population and form 68% of theatre audiences yet recent statistics by The Guardian, Equity, FIA and Sphinx Theatre show a persistent 2:1 male-to-female ratio of roles for actors appearing on stage. A significant consequence of this inequality is the stereotyping of women, lack of role modelling and an even greater diminishing of representation of women over the age of 35.

These statistics reflect the fact that the narratives of numerous women’s stories and identities are missing. While “all the world’s a stage” it is clear that many women are not seeing themselves represented; a wealth of their stories are to be uncovered, considered and made visible.

Equal Writes: which women are we not seeing represented on stage?
Following Equal Writes’ call to all playwrights for submissions >>: an evening of selected scenes, monologues and discussion focusing on women, women’s stories and women in situations we are not presently seeing represented on UK stages was held at Tristan Bates Theatre on 11 March 2013.

Cast And Creatives >>

Great article about Equal Writes 11 March 2013 by Equity Vice President Jean Rogers >>

Dominc Walker on Equal Writes 11 March 2013 and his inspirations when writing women’s roles >>

4 stars for Equal Writes review by Carly Halse >>

Great thought-provoking blog about Equal Writes 11 March 2013 by Paul Macauley >>

Andrew Curtis on Equal Writes 11 March 2013 “an explosion of voices not frequently heard in the theatre” >>

Mandy Fenton awarded The Writers’ Guild Theatre Encouragement Of New Writing Award 2013 for Equal Writes >>

Twitter @EqualWritesUK >>

Equal Writes received a fantastic response to the call for submissions and would like to thank all the playwrights who submitted their work.

Equal Writes is part of the nationwide campaign towards gender parity.

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