Women Centre Stage

WCS 2019


Are we at the Tipping Point?


03.02.2019 - 2pm-5pm at Hampstead Theatre

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After two highly successful Women Centre Stage festivals, Sphinx Theatre returns to present the Women Centre Stage Symposium: Are we at the Tipping Point? An afternoon event held at Hampstead Theatre, which will bring together leading women across the theatre industry for a crucial and timely discussion on gender equality.

Hosted by Rosemary Squire DBE, the afternoon will begin with a Keynote Speech by Jude Kelly OBE speaking from her experience with the global success of Women of the World festival. Following the Keynote will be two panel discussions and a plenary. Audiences are invited to join the debate.

Parity is the goal - Why are women so underrepresented across UK theatre?

Where are the women's voices?

The first panel of the day will include Jude Kelly, Artistic Directors Brigid Larmour, and Jenny Sealey, playwright Winsome Pinnock, and academic Jennifer Tuckett. The panel will discuss the systematic barriers that women face in the industry, the challenges that those in power can face when trying to elevate women’s voices, and the steps we can take to change this. The panel will be chaired by Maureen Beattie, President of Equity.

Are we really asking for the Dorfman? - Writing for main stages, what's holding female writers back?

Where are the women’s stories?

The second panel will be chaired Sphinx theatre’s Artistic Director Sue Parrish who will lead playwrights April de Angelis, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Timberlake Wertenbaker, and actor Cherrelle Skeete in a discussion on their personal and professional experience in the industry and how they see things changing for the future.

Please note this event will be BSL interpreted.

Women Centre Stage Symposium is sponsored by Nick Hern Books and supported by Arts Council England and Hampstead Theatre, The Stage is our media partner.

Project partners for the Women Centre Stage Symposium include; Stage Directors UK, Equity, Era 50:50, University Women in the Arts and The Writer’s Guild.


 “Women Centre Stage encourages writers to think women into the centre of their stories, to ascribe them agency and to create significant relationships between female characters.”
April de Angelis
“It's almost a century since women won the vote yet inequality still prevails. Women are vastly underrepresented in theatre; Sphinx's Women Centre Stage is a fantastic and essential celebration of the female mind and voice.”
Rebecca Lenkiewicz

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