Where’s the feminist theatre?
Jess McCabe // 4 June 2008
Where’s all the feminist theatre? asks Guardian theatre and performing arts blogger Andy Field, today.
Lucinda Coxon’s Happy Now? was widely touted as a play written by a young woman, directed by one of the most exciting young directors in the country, with a starring role for a talented actress, and yet its exploration of 21st-century womanhood didn’t extend much further than the overly familiar territory of finding happiness in the fraught balance between work and family. And while Katie Mitchell’s staggering production of Attempts on Her Life acutely deconstructed the manipulation of female identity, it was greeted with a wall of patronising misogynistic bluster that she should dare mess about with Martin Crimp’s play.
Field comes up with a few more examples, but I wonder if theatre-going F-Word readers might have some suggestions too?!