Stella Duffy, who will be speaking on the Women Writing Today panel has a piece in the Guardian about women in theatre. In it she discusses the absence of women on the British theatre scene and what this means for equality in the arts and beyond:
“the research published in the Guardian into the representation of women in British theatre proved: I am a woman and therefore I am left out. Yes, British theatre often leaves out anyone who is not white, male, middle class and able-bodied, but women are not a minority. When we leave women out of our casting, our programming, we doubly disadvantage women who are part of any minority.”
This will hopefully be one of the many issues we’ll be discussing at the festival and just goes to show why the festival is needed in the first place.