Last year was a busy one for 17Percent. Here are some of the highlights in photos.
*** We continued to run our popular showcase for female writers at Whitstable’s Horsebridge Centre – She Writes – and in 5 showcases this year, we showed the work of 22 brilliant female writers in 30 unexpected, amusing, irreverent and touching short plays. (You can find the full list of plays and playwrights in our She Writes section and our lovely casts can be found in She Writes credits.)
*** We interviewed various female playwrights and theatre practitioners (on video and on the blog) including playwrights Bea Roberts, Anya Reiss, Alison Farina, scenographer Fiona Watt and scenic artist Anna Stamper, who all shared their expertise. (Check out our YouTube channel if you’ve missed any of them!)
*** I was interviewed for a programme on BBC TV about Aphra Behn, and spoke about her importance as a role model for modern women writers (scheduled to be shown on Inside out, 14 Jan 2013, BBC1 Southeast, 7.30pm)
*** I gave a talk for International Womens’ Day in March about 400 years of British women playwrights to a packed audience at Rochester library. (Image shows gender split of plays by women in London in Feb 2012.)
*** In August, I was invited to Sweden, where I spoke on a panel at the Women Playwrights International Conference and met many inspirational playwrights from all over the world! (Read my report on Gender equality in Sweden.)
*** We performed She Writes showcases as part of the Whitstable Biennale in September, and at Lounge on the Farm Festival in July.
*** In October, I wrote an article for Theatre and Performance magazine about women in theatre. The article, which featured interviews with women who run 4 theatre companies as well as writing, producing and sometimes acting, is available in the December 2012 issue, from the Theatre and Performance website. Featured are; Jessica Swale (pictured above), Alison Farina of Butterfly Psyche Theatre company, Lisa Parry of Agent160 and Charlotte Donachie and Lisa Castle of Crooked Pieces. (You can read the full unedited interviews in the Close Up section.)
It was a pleasure last year to meet and get to know so many women (and men) working in theatre, make new friends and contacts, and hopefully contribute in some small way to the promotion and development of gender equality in UK theatre. Hopefully our resources including our theatre career guides and interviews have been useful and interesting! Please get in touch if there is someone you’d like to see interviewed or if you would like to be featured! A special thanks to our wonderful She Writes production team, actors, and playwrights! Here’s to bigger things to come this year!