Whoop’n’Wail’s new showcase Represents… launched in November at Waterloo East Theatre and sold-out. Consisting of six fifteen-minute shorts, each piece of writing must pass the Bechdel Test – they must include at least two named female characters who, at some stage, talk to each other about something other than a man. Inspired by Alison Bechdel’s 1987 comic strip, The Rule, the Bechdel Test has become a common test for gauging fair representation on stage and screen.
The launch featured work by both established and emerging playwrights and directors invited by the curators to kick off the inaugural event. For future nights, each will have an
overarching theme, with pieces selected via an open submission process. Each submission will be read, six pieces selected, and successful writers paired with a director.
Whoop ‘n’ Wail have committed to achieving gender equality on the UK stage by creating a night of entertaining, engaging theatre with all plays having significant roles for women.
For the next showcase, Whoop’n’Wail are looking for 10-minute plays using the subject of desire as a stimulus. This opportunity is open to male and female playwrights.
* Stage plays – either complete short plays or a self-contained extract from a larger work.
* Plays written by individuals or writing teams.
* Plays that pass the Bechdel Test:
There is no limit to the number of characters your play can have, however at least two must be female. We will accept gender-neutral characters, provided a female-female interaction can be achieved through casting.
The qualifying female characters must have names (not ‘wife’, ‘mum’, ‘woman’, etc.)
Two female characters must interact with each other directly about a subject other than men.
This interaction should be significant and have a bearing on the plot.
(NB: Plays do not need to be all-female to achieve this. It is entirely possible to pass the test and have male characters in the play and we welcome submissions that achieve this.)
Submit scripts in Word Format only via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline, 17:00 on Friday 2nd January 2015. Submissions sent after the deadline will not be read or considered.
* Attach a character breakdown, including each character’s gender, and a three-line synopsis.
Any queries, please email Whoop’n’Wail.