Tuesday, 26 August 2014

New Award for Australian Theatre Companies!

Half the world is at war; the other half is struggling with the rise of right-wing governments, the destruction of our environment, attempts to end social welfare, invasive surveillance of ordinary citizens... It's overwhelming, and bewildering, and makes most people feel like the struggle's too much.
So, how encouraging to see someone undeterred and trying to make a positive difference in the world!

Kudos to Niall Tangney, who has just established his Tell 'Em They're Dreamin' Award. Dismayed by the lack of action on the gender parity front - how many decades has this argument been going on? And why are we not seeing across-the-board changes in Australian theatre when it comes to representation of women playwrights on our stages? - Tangney has taken action himself.

The Award is open to all Australian theatre companies - student, professional, community, amateur. They must show that their season comprises at least 50% female or transgender playwrights. The prize is a cup of coffee and a biscuit, and if there are jostling front-runners (imagine that: two theatre companies giving women an equal voice!), two cups of tea and two biscuits is, apparently, not out of the question.

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