INTERVIEW: Women’s Writes

Women’s Writes is an exciting project from Alex Critoph and Laura Dickens, who both have experience in writing, acting in, or producing plays. They are seeking to challenge the female stereotypes seen in plays and on screen, and provide a platform for female identifying playwrights to showcase their work and reach a wider audience. They got in touch with us to share their mission and some upcoming events, so read on to find out more and show your support 🙂

Tell us more about who you are and what Women’s Writes is?


Women’s Writes is a new writing event championing female-identifying playwrights. It was made out of a frustration of not seeing enough complex female characters onstage and also wanting to redress the gender imbalance too. All of our brilliant writers are female and we always work with fantastic female directors too.

How did you go about discovering the writers?


We read through every submission we receive from open call outs. We’re firstly looking for plays with brilliant female parts and female driven narrative. A lot of our writers also have a strong feminist message in their work.

Is this your first show and are there more planned?


International Women’s Day (March 8th) at The Arcola Theatre will be our 3rd show! We also have another planned before March which is at VAULT Festival on February 23rd. We’ve been astounded by the support we’ve had, our first show at The Arcola sold out with long waitlists.

The Arcola Theatre looks like a perfect venue and ties in nicely with their 20 year celebrations!


They’re a fantastic venue and really champion new writing, and are supportive of work which puts female creatives front and centre.

And the show is on the 8th March which is International Women’s Day – was that always planned?


Yes, we want to celebrate women and there’s no better day to do that. Our programme for The Arcola features 6 short plays with female driven narratives which include; Women during the Indian War of Independence, women challenging gender roles in WW2 and women exploring their sexuality. We’ve created a programme of work which will explore and celebrate so many facets of what it means to be a woman now and also throughout history.

Away from all the hype building up to the shows what have you been listening to/reading/watching? Any top recommendations?


Yes, I’ve just opened Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi which is already hilarious and also just finished ‘Scenes with girls’ by Mariam Battye which is an absolutely brilliant play about female sexuality and friendship.

Finally what is your tip of the day?

Tip of the day is make sure your book in for Women’s Writes at The Arcola to avoid disappointment! https://www.arcolatheatre.com/whats-on/womens-writes/


Also if you’re looking to apply as a writer then watch out for our submission windows by following us on Twitter Writes_Women and Facebook @womenswritesfest. Let’s tell stories about women!

Get your tickets booked ASAP!

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Alex has spent all his life being besotted by movies, TV, and music - then came travelling and the discovery of the Nordic regions. With his wife Claire together they have started to build an entertainment and culture site that from June will begin to have a strong Nordic theme.

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