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Timberlake Wertenbaker and Jude Kelly join symposium exploring gender equality

Sphinx. Photo: Deniz Güzel Sphinx. Photo: Deniz Güzel
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A dedicated symposium to debate gender equality in the industry will be held next year, produced by the company behind the annual Women Centre Stage festival.

It will feature contributions from figures including Timberlake Wertenbaker, Jude Kelly and Jenny Sealey.

The one-day event, called Women Centre Stage: Are We at the Tipping Point?, is being run by Sphinx Theatre, and will bring together leading women in theatre for a “crucial and timely discussion”.

It will be hosted by Rosemary Squire, with a keynote address by Kelly. Other panelists include Sealey, artistic director of Graeae, playwrights Wertenbaker, April De Angelis, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Winsome Pinnock and actor Cherrelle Skeete.

Sphinx’s artistic director Sue Parrish will also contribute, as will Brigid Larmour, artistic director of Watford Palace Theatre, academic Jennifer Tuckett and arts writer Victoria Sadler.

The event takes place on February 3 at London’s Hampstead Theatre, at which Sphinx will launch a new regional programme. It will work with theatres across the UK to make more and better roles for women.

The Stage is a media partner for Women Centre Stage Symposium, and other partners include Stage Directors UK, Equity, ERA 50:50, University Women in the Arts and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

Last week a delegation of women in theatre, led by Parrish and director Julia Pascal, met with Arts Council England chair Nicholas Serota in a landmark meeting around gender equality.

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