Simon Stephens and Tamsin Oglesby among writers penning new work for UN gender equality event

Simon Stephens. Photo: Alex Rumford Simon Stephens. Photo: Alex Rumford
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Playwrights Tamsin Oglesby and Simon Stephens will create new pieces of work as part of a programme of events supporting the United Nations Women campaign for gender equality.

Ogelsby and Stephens are among several writers, musicians and comedians specially commissioned for an evening of work intended to “provide a unique insight into how to shift culture, raise awareness and create real change for girls and women all over the world”.

The event is part of the Vault Festival in London’s contribution to HeForShe Arts Week, which begins on International Women’s Day on March 8 and is celebrated globally.

Other artists commissioned for A Night of Small Things, on March 10, include poets James Brookes, Nigel Munson and Greer Dale Foulkes, as well as comedians Lily Bevan and Mike Shephard.

Vault’s HeForShe programme also includes a panel discussion on how male audiences can be engaged to help change the culture around gender, featuring comedian Robert Webb, politicians Chi Onwurah and Sophie Walker, and David Brockway from charity the Great Men Initiative.

The line-up also includes an evening of live music, DJ sets, spoken word and poetry on March 9, held as part of Vault Festival’s late-night events programme.