TALKIN' 'BOUT A REVOLUTION
by Park Theatre
There's been a lot in the media this week about the underrepresentation of women on stage. It seems to be on everyone's minds, which can only be a good thing. Yesterday I had three meetings in a row and completely coincidentally they were all with incredibly dynamic theatrical women: a fellow playwright, two young women who've set up their own theatre company, and an extraordinary actor fresh from a lead role at the National Theatre. In each meeting we kept returning to the subject of the paucity of women's stories and exciting, non-stereotypical roles for women (especially those over 35) in theatre - and what we could do about it.
Groups are forming, ideas are bouncing around, things are happening - it feels like a revolution is stirring. There is talk of taking over a theatre with a Women's Season; a playwriting competition focusing on women's writing; theatres only accepting unsolicited scripts under a pseudonym, so that the gender of the writer becomes irrelevant. Encouraging female playwrights doesn't in itself solve the problem of women's absence on stage, but it's an important part of the process.
So - whether you're male or female, what ideas do you have for a gender revolution in theatre? Comment here, tweet me @Sar_hRutherford - there's a #womenintheatre hashtag - and let's keep talking.