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Activists for Gender Equality in the Arts since 2011.

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Recent articles

Can You Hear Me Running? The Pleasance - Review

Losing any one of your five primary senses is particularly devastating, but to lose one's voice (especially as an actor) is unimaginable. Written by Jo Harper, Can You Hear Me Running? is based on Louise Breckon Richards' own journals about the road to running the London Marathon – an unusual means to recovering her voice after a rare condition.

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Acorn, Courtyard Theatre - Review

The compulsion to tell stories is as old as mankind itself. In fact it this, among other things, that sets humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. Written by Maud Dromgoole and directed by Tatty Hennessy,  Acorn looks at how this primeval urge and how it's been sublimated in 21st century culture.

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Blue Heart, By Caryl Churchill

Blue Heart, By Caryl Churchill. A Double Act of two short plays (first produced in 1997), Hearts Desire and Blue Kettle. At the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol.

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Listings, November 2016

The following events in November 2016 are on the whole either written by, organised or directed by women or gender equal productions…

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Putting Women Centre Stage: Madhuri Shekar Interview

Madhuri Shekar is an American-born, Indian-raised playwright who has just been named as “one to watch” by American Theatre. Her play In Love And Warcraft won the 2013/2014 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting award and has since been produced throughout the USA. Following the on and off line life of college senior Evie, the romantic comedy explores a range of contemporary and age-old topics such as gaming and sexual expectations within relationships. With two female leads and entirely relatable characters, it’s a refreshing narrative to life in the 21st Century.

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Plastic Figurines, New Diorama Theatre - Review

Written by Ella Carmen Greenhill and based on her own experiences with her autisic brother, Plastic Figurines is a personal play – one that couples a sensitivity to the the subject matter with the capacity to look at the unvarnished truth. As the fictional brother and sister Rosie and Mikey, Vanessa Schofield and Jamie Samuel only have each other to rely on after the death of their mother.

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The We Plays, Hope Theatre - Review

A gender-balanced evening of insightful monologues, The We Plays show once again that whether they are male or female, writer Andrew Maddock has a knack for creating well-rounded believable characters, whose circumstances are relatable yet unpredictable.

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Interview: Culture Clash

We interviewed CultureClash Theatre last year whilst their play Hannah and Hanna was running at the Fringe. This year they're back, and currently performing a new piece 'Under My Thumb' at Greenwich Theatre. This week Female Arts' Amie Taylor ran a Q and A with Serin Ibrahim and Cassie Hercules of CultureClash Theatre.

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Imogen, Shakespeare's Globe - Review

The hallmark of Emma Rice's inaugural season as Artistic Director at the Globe has been drawing out the feminine experience from Shakespeare's canon. Imogen (or rather "Cymbeline renamed and reclaimed") places the focus firmly on the Cymbeline's daughter rather than the monarch whose rash actions precipitates the play's unfortunate chain of events.

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Interview: Isley Lynn

Isley Lynn's play Skin a Cat was a huge success at Vault Fest this year, receiving 4 and 5 stars across the board. This October it returns to The Bunker (London), Female Arts' Amie Taylor caught up with Isley to find out more about this piece.

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