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Women in Improv

Tom Salinsky

Tom Salinsky is the co-founder (with Deborah Frances-White) of The Spontaneity Shop. He and Deborah have performed improvisation for the Royal Court, the RSC Summer Season, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Improv Handbook : The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...By Deborah Frances-WhiteSince we wrote the first edition of the book, much has changed in gender politics in both the wider world and in improvisation. In the United Kingdom, most of the well-known and more successful improv companies have...

Jekyll & Hyde  

From an original work by

Robert Louis Stevenson

~playauthor~Written by~ Evan Placey , Robert Louis Stevenson ~playauthor~From an original work by~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Nick Hern Books, 2017

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 32, Roles: Total (31), Female (22), Male (9), Unassigned (0)

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...Evan Placey's Jekyll & Hyde is a radical re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 gothic novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It was commissioned by the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, and first performed...

The Girl I Left Behind Me

Written by

Neil Bartlett

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Jessica Walker

~playauthor~Written by~ Neil Bartlett , Jessica Walker

Oberon Books, 2011

Oberon Modern Plays

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...... I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s thinking; hang on a minute; “I seem to have the knack of pleasing ladies.” In trousers? With short hair? In public? Was that allowed? Indeed it was. A cool and contemporary...

Boudica  

Written by

Tristan Bernays

~playauthor~Written by~ Tristan Bernays

Nick Hern Books, 2017

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 25, Roles: Total (25), Female (6), Male (19), Unassigned (0)

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...Tristan Bernays' play Boudica is a history play in verse that tells the story of Boudica, queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe in the first century AD. It was first performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, on 8 September 2017...

In the Workhouse

~playauthor~Written by~ Margaret Wynne Nevinson

Aurora Metro Books, 2009

Aurora Metro Books

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Roles: Total (8), Female (7), Male (0), Unassigned (1)

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...In the Workhouse was one of the most controversial plays produced by Edy Craig’s Pioneer Players as part of a triple bill with Chris St John’s The First Actress and Cicely Hamilton’s Jack and Jill and a Friend (King’s Hall, 1911...

The Positive Hour

Written by

April de Angelis

~playauthor~Written by~ April de Angelis

Faber and Faber, 1999

Faber Drama

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 16, Roles: Total (7), Female (5), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...April de Angelis’s earlier plays, Ironmistress, Crux and Hush marked the arrival of a bold new talent in the theatre. With The Positive Hour, she more than fulfilled that promise. Miranda is a social worker, with no shortage of problems...

Rutherford and Son

~playauthor~Written by~ Katherine Githa Sowerby

Aurora Metro Books, 2009

Aurora Metro Books

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Acts: 3, Roles: Total (8), Female (4), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Written in 1912 during the upsurge of the British feminist movement, this powerful play deals with the oppressive patriarchal system of the industrial North at that time. Rutherford is the hard, tyrannical master of both his glassworks...

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Written by

Alice Birch

~playauthor~Written by~ Alice Birch

Oberon Books, 2014

Oberon Modern Plays

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Acts: 4, Scenes: 11

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...You are expected to behave… Use the right words Act appropriately Don't break the rules...

Dancing Bears

Written by

Sam Holcroft

~playauthor~Written by~ Sam Holcroft

Nick Hern Books, 2010

Playtext

Roles: Total (1), Female (0), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...Sam Holcroft's short play Dancing Bears examines the twisted loyalties and violence of teenage gangs. It was first performed as part of Clean Break's Charged season, a collection of plays about the lives of women in the criminal justice...

Maz and Bricks

Written by

Eva O'Connor

~playauthor~Written by~ Eva O'Connor

Methuen Drama, 2017

Modern Plays

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Roles: Total (2), Female (1), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...Maz and Bricks is a passionate, angry, funny and touching play which tells the story of two young people who meet over the course of a day in Dublin. Maz is attending a ‘Repeal the Eighth...