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Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:00:39 PM »

The play is revived now at the Young Vic, London
Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: May 25, 2011, 01:38:01 PM »

An interesting article in The Guardian

Sarah is not mentioned, but she was infleuntial in the rise of female playwrights

 "Women as young as 17 are writing plays and winning awards. Do their male counterparts no longer have anything to say?"

"This week Anya Reiss's The Acid Test opens at the Royal Court. It will be fascinating to see whether she can match the success of her debut, Spur of the Moment, written when she was only 17 ... she is still only 19 – she must accept that in a line of work where the 40-year-old Simon Stephens is still referred to as a "young British playwright", to achieve such acclaim as a teenager is a remarkable thing."

"... Last November, Reiss won the Evening Standard theatre award for most promising playwright, becoming the fourth female winner in the last five years. This trend should undoubtedly be celebrated; for too long female playwrights have been sidelined, and it is exciting to see so many young writers – of whatever sex – producing fresh and engaging work. It would also be grossly unfair to discount the combined successes of this group as the attempt by theatres to rectify a long held male/female inequality: their sheer talent makes that claim seem ludicrous...."

"Whatever the reason, it is a situation worth probing. It is uncomfortable to see any one demographic dominating new writing, whatever race, age or sex... Variety in the makeup of our young playwrights might encourage work that is more diverse in both subject and tone."

Posted by: archive
« on: August 23, 2007, 07:18:47 PM »

I saw Debbie Tucker Green's play Dirty Butterfly, with Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Jo McInnes, at the Soho Theatre tonight. It tells the story of three neighbours - Jo, an abused wife; Amelia, who is unsympathetic and even angry towards Jo, feeling that Jo's sufferings invade her personal space; and Jason, addicted to eavesdropping and tortured by guilt as a result.

Both actresses are excellent, Jo McInnes turns in an impassioned performance as Jo while Sharon Duncan-Brewster is a feisty Amelia. The play is very powerful and well worth watching.

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