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Women In Performing Arts Symposium

Published: 23 June 2019
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company is to run a symposium on women in performing arts.

Taking place in Milton Keynes in September, there are to be a number of speakers and panel discussions on representation, gender equality and mental health in the industry.

In addition, the programme includes a number of performances amongst which is a commissioned new play by playwright and first woman director at The National Theatre, Julia Pascal, scratch pieces and a newly devised work from students working with Haste Theatre Company.

Rosemary Hill, artistic director of The Play’s the Thing and symposium co-producer, said, “we are thrilled to have been awarded this vital funding to bring this project to life and celebrate all the great women in theatre, who inspire, mentor, show strength, creativity and passion in their role within our great industry”.

“To be able to commission work from a playwright and theatre director as experienced as Julia Pascal shows our commitment to continually push the boundaries for women in the arts for a more equal balance; and to kick start a fair future for the next generation.

“There’s still a long way to go, but we think symposiums and showcases like this will certainly help.”

Taking the Stage: Women in Performing Arts has been funded by the Arts Council and Milton Keynes Community Foundation. It will take place at the MK Gallery from 12 to 14 September; tickets are not yet on sale.