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(Women's) World Cup and England's female football team. Don't call them lionesses!

Over the past couple of weeks I've been caught up in the Women's World Cup, which has made me think about women in sport, and the wish for women in sport to have an equal profile, training and pay to men. I've been engaging my friends in online debate and here are some of my thoughts:

Do you know that YOU can vote for who appears on a £20 note?

The Bank of England is calling for the public to nominate a historically important British visual artist to appear on the new £20 note. You have until the 19th July 2015 to nominate. A sponsored item came up in my newsfeed to vote for a male artist whose facebook page I like and whose gallery I've visited. I left a message saying, although I'm a fan of his work, I will vote for a woman artist, as it's important to me that women appear on banknotes. (read on)...

Henry V - The Lion of England

With 84% of Shakespeare's characters being male, casting a woman (Elle Dillon-Reams) to play all of the parts in this scintillating and fervent retelling, is certainly one way of tackling gender disparity in theatre. Maverick Theatre were originally looking for a male OR a female to play the role - either would have worked - but it was new and mightily refreshing to see a woman on stage delivering the Henry war speeches, with just as much gusto and passion as I've ever seen any male perform them. Also, it kind of didn't make much of a difference, the story is the story, all the same.

I'm Good at This

I’m a freelance actor at The London Dungeon, now.

Run, slightly squidgy girl, run!

I love my sister. She’s kind of like me, but better. She gets it, and she doesn’t judge, but she does tell me when I’m being a tool. About three months ago she made me go for a run. (cont...)

SHREW at EdFringe 2014

Abigail Pickard Price studied Drama at Exeter and trained at LAMDA.

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Thoughts on Medea


I Don't Need Feminism

I don’t need Feminism
So, what’s this all about eh? It’s been popping up all over Facebook, what does it mean? It’s a bunch of first world ladies holding up cards describing why they don’t need feminism. The awful ironic trouble is that what they’re doing is actually feminist. Take some time to do what I did and read what’s written on each card: ‘I can take responsibility for my actions’, ‘I don’t need feminism because I respect all humans and not just one gender’, ‘I don’t need feminism because I support EQUALITY’. That last one really bit. Feminism IS the support of equality. I think it’s time to address the word. (continues...)

That's Not My Name

Hello. I’m Jade. I am not ‘sweetie, gorgeous, sexy, baby or darling’.