RED Women’s Theatre Award
By Hannah Phillips
Greenwich Theatre will be staging its own revolution on Sunday 6th March, for the launch of the inaugural RED Women’s Theatre Award, honouring female playwrights working to break a leg largely male-dominated industry. It’s all the idea of playwright Effie Samara, whose current research at the University of Glasgow is focused on the potential for revolution in female-authored British drama. As you do.
Part of Greenwich Theatre’s season celebrating the best of the UK’s female theatre makers, the evening will be comprised of four one-act plays that challenge and question political voices. The four plays to be performed are ‘Gone’ by Kate Webster; ‘Under My Thumb’ by Cassiah Joski-Jethi; ‘Dissonance’ by Paper Cage Theatre and ‘Spurn The Dust’ by Sian Rowland – each selected from a 14-strong list of regional entries.
What’s more, the aim is to eventually make the award national, giving women across the UK a platform to share their stories and to give their say on current social and political issues.
Aptly taking place on Mother’s Day – though we think we can be safe in assuring there’ll be no “your mum” type jokes a la David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn last week – why not bring your mum along, too?
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