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Glasgow Citizens Theatre dedicates new season to female writers and directors

The Citizens Theatre season will feature work by (l-r) playwrights Frances Poet, Zinnie Harris, the Citizens' community drama artist Elly Goodman and playwright Stef Smith. Photo: Citizens Theatre
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Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre has announced a season of work by female writers that promises to showcase the talent of women working across Scotland.

All productions on the programme will also be directed by women.

Among the first shows to be announced for the year-long, female-focused season are a contemporary adaptation of The Duchess of Malfi by Zinnie Harris, which will be co-produced by the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, and a reexamination of Ibsen’s A Dolls House by Stef Smith.

This will be directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

Elsewhere on the programme is Fibres, a new play by Frances Poet, which will be co-produced with theatre company Stellar Quines and directed by its artistic director Jemima Levick.

Cora Bissett’s What Girls Are Made Of, which won one of The Stage’s Edinburgh awards for its fringe run this year, will also feature in the season, as part of a Scottish tour.

Citizens artistic director Dominic Hill said the theatre’s 2019 shows were “a response to the current media debates regarding empowerment and equality for women”, as well as being “the most exciting and ambitious work that we should be presenting to audiences in Scotland”.

The theatre will also dedicate its outreach work to the season’s theme, working with women in marginalised communities and delivering school workshops focusing on women in the arts.

Season at a glance:

Nora: A Dolls House by Stef Smith
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
Designed by Tom Piper
March 15 to April 6, press night on March 20

What Girls Are Made Of written and performed by Cora Bissett
Directed by Orla O’Loughlin
April 9 to 13, press night on April 9

The Duchess [of Malfi] by Zinnie Harris
Directed by Zinnie Harris
September 4 to 21, press night on September 6

Fibres by Frances Poet
Directed by Jemima Levick
September 2019

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