Women in Theatre Scotland: Where next?

Are women playing a full role in theatre in Scotland?  A quick look around suggests ‘no’.  On the one hand, all theatres profess to have an ‘equal opportunities policy’ on the other hand, the Review of Theatre in Scotland last year showed that fewer than half actually monitored that policy.  Recent research by Equity shows that opportunities for female actors are shrinking.

Does this matter? After all we can see women everywhere in theatre in marketing, management, front of house and other roles.  Are women just not interested in running theatres or taking a lead creative role?  What affect does this have on the work and on what audiences see?  How does this differ from the situation elsewhere in the UK and Europe?

Come and debate and discuss at Traverse 2, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED Thursday 26th September 6pm -7.30 pm with glass of wine in bar afterwards.


  • Max Beckmann, Equality Organiser, Equity
  • Christine Hamilton, arts consultant and author of the Review of Theatre in Scotland 2012
  • Blandine Pélissier, founding member of the H/F association for gender equality in culture in France

Chair: Sheena McDonald, journalist and broadcaster.

Supported by the Equity, Federation of Scottish Theatre, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Scottish Society of Playwrights, organised by Christine Hamilton Consulting christinehamiltonconsulting@gmail.com

Event is FREE but please book via the Traverse box office www.traverse.co.uk 0131 228 1404


Thanks to the Traverse Theatre for their support.