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Thursday 16 August, 7.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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What does it mean to be a woman in theatre in 21st century Britain? Join Joan Iyiola, Leaphia Darko, Priyanga Burford and other creatives for this frank and provocative discussion about the trials and tribulations of being female artists in today’s cultural landscape. 

This panel will focus on the experiences of being women in theatre in the 21st century, exploring: how our panellists arrived at their career choices; what it means to them to perform Shakespeare; who were their role models; how has the industry shifted in the last ten years; what direction the industry should take in the future; and the impact of colour blind casting and their view of Shakespeare’s relevance in the 21st century.



Joan Iyiola’s credits include: The Duchess of Malfi for the Royal Shakespeare Company and They Drink it in the Congo for the Almeida.


Leaphia Darko will be appearing in Love’s Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2018. Other credits include Julius Ceasar at the Bridge Theatre.


Priyanga Burford is currently performing in The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe. Other credits include the movie of King Charles III.

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Pooja Ghai was associate director of Theatre Royal Stratford East 2015-2018 and directed Lions and Tigers in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 2017.

Natasha Magigi

Natasha Magigi is currently in rehearsals for The Country Wife at Chichester Festival Theatre. Other credits include Comus - A Masque in Honor of Chastity at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Maria in Twelfth Night and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe.