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'Female voices aren't heard in Irish theatre' - actress Aisling O'Sullivan responds to Waking the Feminists protest

Elaine McCahill

Published 17/11/2015 | 09:26

Aisling O'Sullivan
Aisling O'Sullivan

Actress Aisling O'Sullivan has said women's voices aren't being heard in Irish theatre.

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O'Sullivan, known for her role in RTE drama The Clinic, was responding to the Waking the Feminists event after The Abbey's 1916 slate featured only one female playwright.

"We need to encourage our female writers," she told the Herald.

"There's a Buddhist saying that if there's thousands of people looking at a mountain, you need them all to describe it before you can see it fully.

Waking the Feminists event outside The Abbey Theatre
Waking the Feminists event outside The Abbey Theatre

"If you're only seeing one person's perspective, you're never going to see the full spectrum of what you're looking at.

"That's true in Irish theatre - we have the women and there's enormous talent out there.

"Why aren't their voices being heard? I would love to be working on more female- written plays."

The IFTA winner said she is going to make a concerted effort to work with more women directors and writers.

"For the rest of my career now, I'm going to pay special attention to working with more female directors and producers and get involved in projects that are by strong female writers," she said.

O'Sullivan is reprising her role as Big Maggie in the Druid production of John B Keane's play, which returns to the Gaiety on January 29.

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