An open letter to everyone taking part in the debate on #WakingtheNation #WakingTheFeminists
 

An open letter to everyone taking part in the debate on #WakingtheNation #WakingTheFeminists

To everyone taking part in the debate on #WakingtheNation #WakingTheFeminists,

I regret the gender imbalance in our WAKING THE NATION programme for the significant year ahead. The fact that I haven’t programmed a new play by a female playwright is not something I can defend.

This experience has presented a professional challenge to me as a programmer and has made me question the filters and factors that influence my decision-making.

I believe we have made improvements in advocating for and promoting female artists of all disciplines at the Abbey Theatre since 2005 but there is still a long way to go.

I welcome the vigorous debate that has ensued since the announcement of the WAKING THE NATION programme. I look forward to participating in an open and frank dialogue and offer the Abbey Theatre as a venue for this discussion. Our challenge now is how to address this imbalance both here at the Abbey Theatre and nationally in the arts community and beyond.

Sincerely,

Fiach Mac Conghail
Director, Abbey Theatre

06/11/2015

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