The King’s Head Theatre is proud to announce a season of work by female playwrights, in direct response to the under-representation of female voices on stage.
King’s Head Theatre Senior Producer Louisa Davis says: “Conversations about gender equality are nothing new, but as a female theatremaker it was becoming more and more frustrating seeing so much stage time being given to male voices – or to go one step further, to see my gender or issues affecting my gender only being told by a male voice.”
“Why is it that female voices are struggling to be heard? Why is it that the people who can influence these decisions don’t actively open doors and be part of a positive change? There seems to be an assumption, from some high profile statements made on the issue, that ‘there aren’t enough good female writers’ or that ‘they won’t make enough money at the box office’ – when did this become gospel? Why don’t we challenge these assumptions? Theatre tells the stories of our society, but from a gender perspective it has been one-sided for too long”
“We wanted to do something to join the movement of addressing this culture, and support the efforts of so many others around us in giving female voices the spotlight they deserve. We wanted to see a change – so we are doing something about it.”
Who Runs the World? will run from April 24th until May 12th, and will see Sarah Milton’s Tumble Tuck, transferring from a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe 2017 run, headline with four new pieces by up-and-coming female writers – Instinct Theatre’s mental health drama In The Shadow of the Mountain, showcasing graduating King’s Head Theatre trainee director Helena Jackson in sibling comedy Baby Box, a night of Shakespearean shorts Voices from the Deep, and NOF*CKSGIVEN, the first play by new writer Daisy King.
Tickets and more information can be found on the King’s Head Theatre website here.