Women, Power and Politics Season

Festival dates: Fri 4 Jun 2010 to Sat 17 Jul 2010

“Tales of the struggle dazzle and delight. This ambitious cycle of nine new short plays gives audiences a remarkable bird’s-eye-view of the changing landscape of opportunity for women over the years.

The crack troupe of 12 actors showcases remarkable versatility. I’m tempted to say: stuff the World Cup, it’s our lionesses we should be championing.” Daily Telegraph

“Ma’ams, Mags and militants on a lively journey to power. Hilarious and moving… typically ambitious… raises serious questions about the balance of power.” The Guardian

“Sparky, spiky, humorous, wistful… directed with enormous energy by Indhu Rubasingham… there are undisputed treasures in each section. Women, Power and Politics is a terrific achievement and crucial, frightening viewing, for both sexes.” Evening Standard

“…remarkable pieces of writing…quirky, thought provoking stuff.” The Sunday Telegraph

“A fascinating look at why women are under-represented in our democracy. Funny, thought-provoking, perfectly played. The cast of 12 are excellent. There’s plenty to provoke, stimulate, amuse.” The Times

“Characteristically bold and imaginative… a heroic feat of stamina performed by a winningly vivid and versatile company of 12 actors.” The Independent

“The Tricycles new season of plays and testimonies athletically questions the achievements of a century of women’s rights” Metro

“Enterprising, audacious and thought–provoking… delivered by a fine, versatile cast.” Financial Times

“Iron ladies who are not for ironing…it’s one of the gifts of the Tricycle Theatre to take a debate or event and put flesh on it.” The Observer

“You can’t fault the ambition of this double bill of short plays…the enterprise, involving an impressive roster of women playwrights, adds up to a bold conversation piece” The Sunday Times

The recent election saw a record number of female MPs elected – 143 in total (up from 128). However, women still only make up 22% of MPs in the House of Commons.

It is 92 years since women were first allowed to stand for Parliament and yet Britain still has one of the smallest percentages of women in Government in Europe. Why is this? The Women, Power and Politics Season seeks to ask questions, and look at the complexity of women and political power in the United Kingdom.

Twelve playwrights have written a response to this issue through history to the present day. The plays are presented in two parts, THEN and NOW, and express a diversity of opinions, stories and perspectives. As part of the debate alongside this the Tricyce Cinema will focus on women in politics around the world, and the gallery will celebrate women in politics over the last 100 years.

For performance schedule download a calendar of events

Two programmes of new plays…

Special Events

Fri 4 Jun 2010 - Sat 17 Jul 2010
Women, Power and Politics Curtain Raisers
Thu 1 Jul 2010 - Thu 15 Jul 2010
Post Performance Discussions
Taking place on 1 July, 8 July and 15 July


Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the online booking system

* reductions (available for all performances before 8pm Mon-Fri & 5pm Sat/Sun)