Thursday, 3 May 2012
Women Playwrights, Again and More
You may remember back in August of 2011 7-ON was involved in a 'Solutions Roundtable' funded by the Australia Council to debate/ thrash out/interrogate the ongoing lack of representation of female playwrights in Australian stages.
The Roundtable (along with a previous Women Directors' Forum) led to a review of the dilemma headed up by researcher Elaine Lally.
When the Review was released it made front page news in the Sydney Morning Herald, plus a good article in The Age. There's been nothing further in the newspapers since - though we understand that it is possible there may be - but the Review itself makes interesting reading, and sets a pattern for action to take into the future. We hope it will mean that a real commitment to supporting the work of women playwrights equally with their male peers may - at last - happen.
You can find the Review on the OzCo website here.
It includes a link to a survey that will remain live for about 3 weeks, in order to capture the sector’s responses to the report. This will help inform next steps. It can be found here.
The following links should take you to the newspaper articles mentioned above.
There is also a follow-up article on page 9:
It’s also on Page 5 of The Age:
Further news is that all of the theatre MPAB companies and Theatre Key Organisations are now using the Creating Pathways reporting guide (loosely based on the EOWA reporting mechanism) to identify opportunities being provided or promoted to women directors and playwrights. It’s retrospective reporting, so the first data will be collected in February 2013. The OzCo has also set up an Action Learning initiative, that may benefit some women creative leaders.