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The Sphinx Test

Given the persistent inequalities of the theatre profession, Sue Parrish, artistic director of the Sphinx Theatre (http://www.sphinxtheatre.co.uk/), the UK’s longest running women’s theatre company, launched the ‘sphinx test’. The idea for the test was proposed by Rosalind Philips and developed with Helen Barnett and Parrish. It’s inspired by the Bechdel test for film which prompts … Continue reading

The Story of M, SuAndi, Goldsmiths, 19th January 2017

It was a privilege to be involved in ‘Aspiration and Representation’, a day-long event at Goldsmiths, University London (19th January 2017), curated by Deirdre Osborne and focused on issues of identity, past, present and future. And it was an absolute privilege to have another opportunity see SuAndi perform her signature show, The Story of M, … Continue reading

Blasmia, Daha-Wassa, Morocco

  When theatre excels, it gets under the skin, leaves its experiential mark. This is absolutely the case with the performance of Blasmia (‘nameless’) by the Moroccan company Daha-Wassa. Without a shadow of doubt, this was the highlight of the annual arts festival in Tangiers where the show had its avant-première (16 September). (You can … Continue reading

The Preston Bill – Andy Smith (The Storey, Lancaster)

  Andy Smith’s The Preston Bill is a one-man tour through a twentieth and twenty-first century history of events that are personal and epic: chronicle the imagined life of an ordinary, Preston-born, Northern, working-class man, Bill, and mark local, regional, national and international events that underpin and shape a shifting social-political landscape. As the chronicler … Continue reading

Escaped Alone – Caryl Churchill

Escaped Alone (now playing at the Royal Court Theatre) evinces Churchill writing at her most eloquent and politically charged finest. Not since Top Girls in 1982 has she given us an all-female cast: here, four women in their seventies gather in a sunny garden to gossip over afternoon tea. But this fifty-minute drama brings a … Continue reading

Here We Go – Caryl Churchill

Here We Go, Caryl Churchill’s short, 45-minute play at the National, directed by Dominic Cooke, has divided the critics. They either love it or loathe it. I find myself being schizophrenically split between being deeply moved by the play’s reflections on mortality and yet somewhat frustrated by the lack of a more explicit, palpable political … Continue reading

The House – Carran Waterfield, 25th November

Stories of women’s experience of the workhouse shape the solo performance of The House, devised and performed by Carran Waterfield, and created as part of Jenny Hughes’  AHRC-funded research project ‘Poor Theatres’ (http://blog.poortheatres.manchester.ac.uk/).  The eighteenth-century Heron Corn Mill at Milnthorpe, Cumbria (http://www.heronmill.org/) provided an atmospheric setting for the piece as we sat listening to historical … Continue reading