"When Lucy Kerbel was putting together her 100 Great Plays for Women she bumped into a literary manager for a leading London theatre. “I told him I was looking for plays with mainly female casts,” the 31-year-old director says. “He asked, ‘Are there any?’”
Eventually, he half-remembered one. “That Lorca,” but it took his partner to name it: The House of Bernarda Alba. “In his mind,” Kerbel recalls, “that was the beginning and end of the conversation. And I was thinking, ‘You are the literary manager of one of the capital’s most prestigious theatres, and you have to rely on your partner to name one play with a majority female cast’.” [...]
But that literary manager isn’t alone in overlooking women in theatre. At the weekend, the National Theatre’s sparkling 50th anniversary gala was criticised by some for the paucity of female playwrights represented: only one of the more than 30 scenes featured was written by a woman (Alecky Blythe’s London Road). [...]"
Lucy Kerbel’s 100 Great Plays for Women is published by Nick Hern Books on November 14.
Via Caroline Claeys