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The Play’s The Thing theatre company brought a fantastic three-day symposium celebrating great women in theatre to Milton Keynes gallery from the 12th – 14th September. Sphinx artistic director Sue Parrish spoke as part of a panel on career paths for older women on Friday 13th, and we were thrilled to catch a performance of Three Sisters by Sphinx friend and playwright Julia Pascal on the Saturday, and a scratch of Sphinx associate Chloe Todd Fordham’s ‘Tapestry’. For more information  about the event go to the website : The Play’s the Thing Theatre Company

A Berlin Kabaret composer and arranger Joseph Atkins, and performer Sarah Gabriel, toured the country with professor Tom Kuhn, Poet David Constantine and Sphinx artistic director Sue Parrish in a celebration of their publication of newly translated poems of Bertolt Brecht. Following the book launch at Kings Place, London as part of Jewish Book Week in March, there were performances at Transformations: Newcastle Poetry Festival on the 2nd June, and Ledbury Poetry Festival on the 10th July 2019. The performances were a fantastic success and we hope to do more in the future.


After two highly successful Women Centre Stage festivals, plus a recent landmark meeting with Arts Council England chair Sir Nicholas Serota, aimed at driving forward the fight against female under-representation in the industry, we were thrilled with the reception we received at the Women Centre Stage Symposium: Are we at the Tipping Point? On the 3rd of February 2019 at Hampstead Theatre. 

Pick of the Week

Rebel Writers: The Accidental Feminists

Rebel Writers: The Accidental Feminists

Not a play recommendation this week, but a biographical study by Celia Brayfield on of a group of women writers – “accidental feminists” – whose work emerged in the late 1950s and completely changed the landscape of women’s writing. Painful and enlightening, it is a hugely important read.

Chiaroscuro by Jackie Kay

Chiaroscuro by Jackie Kay

We’ve been hearing incredible things about Lynette Linton’s debut as new Artistic Director at the Bush Theatre. Chiaroscuro, written by Jackie Kay, opened on the 31st August, and has been receiving some fantastic reviews. It closes on the 5th October, so get your tickets now.

There Are No Beginnings, Leeds Playhouse

There Are No Beginnings, Leeds Playhouse

We can’t wait until There Are No Beginnings opens on the 11th October in Leeds Playhouse’s brand new studio space, Bramall Rock Void. Patently not about the Yorkshire Ripper, There Are No Beginnings shines the spotlight on the women living in Leeds in the late 70s, and how they chose to come together and stand in solidarity against a background of fear and violence. Book your tickets now as some dates have unsurprisingly already sold out.

In the Press

Time to drop the cliche that women only write 'domestic' plays - Erica Whyman

The Stage, 26th September 2019

Timberblake wertenbaker and jude kelly join symposium exploring gender equality

The Stage, 12th December 2018

Female theatre leaders hail arts council meeting as a major step forward for gender parity campaign

The Stage, 7th December 2018

We're now confusing diversity and equality. Which is our priority?

The Guardian, 17th June 2018

Women are being excluded from the stage. It's time for quotas

The Guardian, 24th April 2018

Sphinx theatre's sue parrish: we must break down the barriers to gender parity

The Stage, 8th March 2018 for International Women's Day

Directors must deal with how older plays depict women

WhatsOnStage, 12th May 2017

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