Wendy Thomson - Editor's blog

Gender and Performance (GAP) Salon

In December I attended a Gender and Performance salon in London. These are monthly meetings to discuss gender - and performance ... this could be interpreted as women in theatre but is much more than that - and men are welcome.

Co founded by Amy Clare Tasker, Susan Crothers and Kate Baiden the group grew out of a conversation in the League of Professional Women in Theatre, and is a much welcome place where people can meet in person, after networking online or elsewhere!

At the December salon I was really pleased to meet Sam Hall founder of 17 percent, if you are a female playwright do check out her site! http://17percent.wordpress.com/

If you'd like to join, please go to: GAP Salon on facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/508064249284108

GAP Salon website http://gapsalon.wordpress.com/
GAP Salon on twitter @GAPsalon
League of Professional Women in Theatre on facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/484847981569852

NEXT MEETING is Monday 13th Jan 2014 at 7pm.

So and So / Actors Centre 'Women In Arts' festival

On Wednesday 18th December I was a panelist at the So & So / Tristan Bates Theatre / Actors Centre 'Women In Arts' festival - on the 'Writing for Women' panel alongside the founder of the So and So Arts club Sarah Berger @SarahJaneBerger, playwright Sarah Rutherford @Sar_hRutherford, editor and media trainer Susan Grossman @wordsallowed, writer/director Trent Burton @TrunkmanUK, comedy writer/performer Karen Haley @roaring_girl and Actor, TV & Radio presenter Jean Rogers @TalkToVP


Wendy Thomson interviewed by When Sally Met Sally

I was recently interviewed by the lovely webzine for girls who like girls - When Sally Met Sally - to spread the word about the good work we do at Female Arts. Check it out: http://www.whensallymetsally.co.uk/features/tackling-gender-inequality-a...

City Slices and Country Crumbs

Please join me at new writing of 4 short plays by female playwrights (includes one of mine 'Chelsea and Henriette'), produced by all female 'London Grey and Green Theatre' @GreyGreenTheatr at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, Islington @TheHenChickens, Tuesday 17th - Saturday 21st September 2013 'City Slices and Country Crumbs'



Camden Fringe

This week saw the start of the 8th Camden Fringe run by two hardworking and inspirational ladies - Michelle Flower and Zena Barrie. I take my hat off to them, not only were they the co-artistic directors of the Etcetera Theatre in Camden until 2012, they also organise arguably the largest fringe festival in the UK after Edinburgh. Many productions tour both London and Edinburgh - so even if you can't get up to Scotland you can see the same level of talent and diversity closer to home.

This year Female Arts are reviewing 33 shows at the Camden Fringe (and counting) we hope to bring you a comprehensive coverage of shows that have a strong female presence, whether that be writer, director, cast or subject matter.

Please check out our listings for relevant productions that we think you should see. Many shows are on for less than a week, so don't wait for our reviews, decide now! http://femalearts.com/information

All our friends are dead
Lend Me Your Ears
I Am Happy
Me and My Big Mouth
Gender the Elephant
Tea with Terrorists
Sarah Jones Does Not Play Well With Others
Psycho-Geography: An Exercise to Remember My Future
The Hard Comedy: Offline
Very Still and Hard to See
The Wrong Side of Right
The Family Plot
Whispers turn into a Cry
Chris is Dead
A Girlband
Italian Misfit
Stag Nation
Dirty, Flirty, Thirty
Pot Noodles & Knickers
The Destruction of Kreshev
Suzanna Gonzo : Dark Lady
Two Heads are Better than One
Too Cool To Care
No One Belongs Here More Than You
The Bellydancer
Four Femmes on the Thames
Paris, Mon Amour
An Insomniac's Guide To Ambulances
The Philosopher's Tale
Herding Cats
My Dad Sucked Lemons With Bela Bartok
On the Permanence of Fugitive Colors
To Sleep
Warde Street
The Collector
Making It!
Truly, Madly, Keighley
Nuclear Winter
Death By Karaoke
Oyster Boy
Laughter on the Brain

The Camden Fringe runs from 29th July to 25th August with 180 productions at over 17 venues! http://www.camdenfringe.com/

Feminism on ITV This Morning

Just saw Kathy Lette on This Morning she is right to attack the press who created the derogatory term of WAGs. Kathy says that women should be written about as career women in their own right rather than as wives or girlfriends of a more successful partner (whatever the partner does for a living).

It's our birthday!

Female Arts is two this month. Female Arts was launched one month after the birth of my first child in May 2011. Both were a struggle but worthwhile! I'm proud and grateful that in this time we have grown from one writer to over twenty contributors who review and update on events happening across the UK and globally.

Short play by Wendy Thomson featured in 'City Shorts'

As well as being editor of Female Arts I'm also an aspiring playwright (having completed a Masters degree in Writing for the Stage and Broadcast Media) and I was so pleased when my short play 'Anna' was recently selected by London Grey and Green theatre to be performed for six nights at the Rosemary Branch theatre in London in May/ June 2013 as part of 'City Shorts' a performance of 4 short plays by female playwrights about the lives of women living in London today.

First Mondays FREE networking for creatives

I'm pleased to say that Female Arts are supporting the First Monday free networking nights for creatives which are held on the first monday of the month in the foyer bar of the Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB (nearest tube Leicester Square) from 6.30pm till closing.

Wendy Thomson editor of Female Arts nominated for The Orwell Prize in Journalism

I was nominated for the Orwell prize in Journalism.
George Orwell and his beliefs were and are important. And what Female Arts is trying to achieve - gender equality - is important.


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