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The Other Place At The RSC
Midsummer Mischief

Scarlett Brookes and Ruth Gemmell in Abi Zakarian's This is Not an Exit © Topher McGrillis

A summer festival of short plays by women addresses contemporary gender politics at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Blog post By Catherine Love  on What’s On Stage • 30 June 2014 • Stratford-upon-Avon

There’s a small revolution brewing in Stratford-upon-Avon. An unlikely sentence, perhaps, but under the galvanising leadership of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s deputy artistic director Erica Whyman (read my interview with her here), something is beginning to shift. To mark the 40th anniversary of The Other Place, the alternative studio theatre set up by Buzz Goodbody, and to act as a counterpoint to the RSC’s main season, Whyman has programmed a festival of female-led short plays and discussions. It’s work that feels urgent, exploratory and even, in certain moments, charged with radical zeal.

Staged in a temporary space housed within the Courtyard Theatre… read more

Blogpost on The Bardathon, June 29, 2014, by Peter Kirwan 

At one point during a day of events forming the RSC’s Midsummer Mischief festival of new writing and vocal women, festival coordinator and RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman expressed her frustration that professional critics have so far focused almost entirely on the wonderful strangeness – even the victory – of having a whole season of plays written and directed by women at the RSC, at the expense of engaging with what the plays and their characters were actually saying. The mere fact of women creating art, she suggested, was the headline, and the reporting of the fact has taken the place of critical engagement with the issues.

My frustration takes a slightly different tack. As delighted as I am to see… read more