So I’m thinking that a logical progression for 17percent will be to eventually hold a festival of women’s writing. This would showcase work by old and new female playwrights and there would be after-show talks and networking opportunities with a cup of tea and cake.
Until this event enters the real world – we’ll start it off with a Fantasy festival online. Here’s the week’s events:
Monday: the Festival launches with a panel discussion: A history of women writers in the theatre. Today we showcase a play seen rarely in modern times: Elizabeth Inchbald’s, Lovers’ Vows, a Restoration comedy dealing with sex outside marriage and illegitimacy.
Tuesday: an educational event: making the break from Fringe to main stages. Scene-jam: a selection of scenes from women playwrights including Caryl Churchill, Marie Jones, Tanika Gupta, etc, showcasing the diversity of women’s writing.
Wednesday: a discussion of plays into film. The play is Shelagh Delaney’s A taste of honey. Questioning class, race, gender and sexual orientation in mid-twentieth century Britain, and part of the kitchen sink revolution, this one has to be part of the festival.
Thursday: a discussion, Is there a woman’s sensibility? The play is Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane, one of her less well-known pieces, an adaptation of a play by Seneca.
Friday: The whole day will be devoted to showcasing short plays by new British women writers, followed by a ‘wrap party’.
This is just my fantasy line-up, leave me a comment if you’ve got suggestions of other plays that should be included!