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Have directors gone gender-blind manic? Conventional casting still has an important role too

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Sticky by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

It all feels to me a bit manic and contrived – a sort of industrial over compensation for several centuries of doing plays according to the conventions of the social period in which they were written. I also sense some vying with each other to see who can come up with the most unlikely bit of gender-blind casting.

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Dames Q&A livestream: How has Denise Gough inspired the next generation of female actors?

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Special Events, Ticket recommendations, Video by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

I missed a trick with my questions last night at the world premiere of DAMES, the surreal comedy about six millennial women who meet in a nightclub loo, which marks the playwriting debut of Charlotte Merriam and the producing debut of Siberian Lights, the company she co-founded with three of her peers at Royal Welsh College of […]

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Are women funny? Why are we still being asked this question?!

In Comedy, Features, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Quotes by Guest BloggersLeave a Comment

ShyGirl, a 30-something delving into the uncharted world of vlogging for the first time (and a.k.a. writer and performer Siobhan McMillan), brings her new show MIRRORS to London’s Leicester Square Theatre later this month. In her first-ever blog, exclusive to My Theatre Mates, she dissects the oft-asked question: “Are women funny?” Having recently observed different women discussing whether women can be funny …