14th - 20th of November
12pm - 9.30pm

Workshops @ The Actors Centre, 1A Tower St, WC2H 9NP.
Performance day @ Hampstead Theatre, Eton Ave, London NW3 3EU.
Nearest tube: Swiss Cottage
020 7820 8899

Web address: www.sphinxtheatre.com
Prices: From £8.00


Sphinx Theatre has announced initial programme details for their second WOMEN CENTRE STAGE: POWERPLAY Festival at Hampstead Theatre and Actors Centre. 14th - 20th November.

The Festival champions the campaign for gender equality in theatre, and directly promotes and provokes change in the cultural landscape by commissioning new work of artistic excellence. This unique event brings together a diverse array of women characters from the margins into centre stage.

A continuation of Sphinx’s long standing legacy to create more and better roles for women the Festival will include Workshops from Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th November and culminate in a Performance Day on Sunday 20th November, with full information and tickets now on sale at www.womencentrestage.co.uk .

The Festival begins with four workshops running on the 14th, 15th and 16th November. These include Taking Centre Stage with Anna Ledwich, Writing the Female Protagonist with Lisa Evans, Changing Bodies with Vanessa Ewans and Equal but Different with Sphinx Associate Ros Phillips.

The Festival Performance Day on 20th November at Hampstead Theatre will feature six programmes throughout the day including brand new writing from leading writers, actors and companies from across the country as well as an in conversation with theatre professionals from leading regional theatres The Octagon Theatre, Bolton and The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester. New writing on show includes the first stage performances of new work from critically acclaimed writers April de Angelis and Winsome Pinnock featuring performances from leading actresses Dame Janet Suzman, Kathryn Pogson and Cecilia Noble.

Other stand-outs include new work from award winning playwrights Tanika Gupta, Sabrina Mahfouz and Matilda Ibini, The Hiccup Project, winners of the Outstanding Theatre Award at Brighton Fringe Festival 2015 and TMA Award winners GRAEAE Theatre Company.

The Festival will end on Sunday 20th November at the Hampstead Theatre, 8.30pm, with 24 HOUR PLAYS, featuring new short plays written and rehearsed in 24 hours based on news stories with central female characters from the previous week featuring Oscar winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Olivier Award nominee Howard Brenton, Alfred Fagon and George Devine winner Charlene James and critically acclaimed Vinay Patel.

FULL EVENT LISTINGS & BOOKING: www.womencentrestage.co.uk

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