An anthology of short plays for women performers has been published, described as an “antidote to casting anomalies” often found in drama school showcases.
Short Plays with Great Roles for Women is billed as offering “nuanced, intelligent roles for actors of different ages and backgrounds in plays about relevant and diverse topics”.
With a foreword by Emilia playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, the anthology comprises 22 plays, originally produced and developed by new writing theatre company Little Pieces of Gold.
The theatre company said it would address issues at showcases “where you frequently see four women playing one central role”.
Writer and company founder Suzette Coon said: “LPOG has been a cracking platform for getting under-represented writers and actors seen and the book is a culmination of that.”
The anthology includes plays by Tatty Hennessy, Jaki McCarrick, Yasmin Joseph, Fran Bushe and Fiona Doyle.
Lloyd Malcolm wrote in the foreword: “We are constantly told that all the stories have been told and that we are simply retelling them again and again.
“I would suggest that all of a certain kind of story has been told by one small section of our world’s population – it’s time to let the rest of us tell our stories.”