From Aphra Behn to the angry young women – 400+ years of female playwrights

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Aphra Behn

I am giving a lecture on the UK’s female playwrights on Thursday.

When I was first asked to do this talk I thought it would be quite a simple thing to do – after all how many female playwrights can anyone name, who’s not a specialist? Even I didn’t have a very big list. So I was going to do a top ten starting with Kent-girl and spy Aphra Behn in the 1600s and finishing with the recent batch of next big things.

However as I started researching, I discovered to my joy, that there have been far more women influential not only in playwriting, but also in theatre management and shaping the theatre as we know it today.

So my talk today will focus on a number of playwrights who you might not have heard of – or you might know, but not realise you knew –  but also have the foolishly ambitious aim of giving an overall context of the last 400 years of British women’s contributions to the theatre. Go girls!

More info on the talk in The Medway Times.

My article about Aphra in WOW magazine, (click on current issue, then go to p16).

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