Wed 22 - Thu 23 Feb 2012 | 7.30pm | One day: £8 // Two day: £15
A new female writer-led company Agent 160 comes to Glasgow with a two-night showcase, featuring work from a varied list of female writers including:
At the end of the second night, there will be a question and answer session discussing the British theatrical landscape with regards to women writers.
ABOUT AGENT 160 //
Currently, women write just 17 per cent of all produced plays in the UK. Agent 160 is a new female writer-led theatre company wishing to address this statisic. Named after Aphra Behn’s spy-name, it launches in February 2012 with two-night shows in Cardiff and London before coming to Glasgow on the 22nd and 23rd.
With a rolling artistic directorship, enabling one member to steer it for a time of their choosing, the company also aims to build childcare help and maternity leave into its commissions – a rarity in British theatre. Its patrons are Sharon Morgan, Kaite O’Reilly and Timberlake Wertenbaker.
In the words of artistic director Lisa Parry: “Although literary departments are working hard to address this imbalance, the fact is that the gap between commissions and productions remains too large and we want to address this, now. We don’t wish to campaign – other companies are doing that. What we do wish to do is throw the question of why this is happening back on the audience, by letting the quality of our work speak for itself.”
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