Call to all playwrights

(12 February 2013 Submissions Closed)



Which women are we not seeing represented on stage?

Equal Writes calls to all playwrights to submit short scenes and monologues of 3 to 10 minutes long with the focus on women, women’s stories or women in situations we are not presently seeing represented on UK stages.

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 will provide this opportunity within an environment uncluttered by present concepts of ‘market forces’ culminating in an evening performance of selected scenes and Q&A at Tristan Bates Theatre on 11 March 2013.

Scenes can be for up to 5 actors, male and female, playing age 16 and above.
Please email submissions before or by 12 February 2013 to

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