Tuesday 28 February 2017

Declan Lynch: In the valley of the long-lost women

The Abbey stifled the voices of women for a century, but it seems to have been noticed only now, writes Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

One of the most startling documents we have seen for some time was the list of plays produced by our national theatre since 2006, and released last week by Waking The Feminists.

On the left there is a long list of the 97 plays written by men, and on the right there is a short list of the 11 plays written by women - with the dark little punchline that on closer examination, four of the eleven were written by Marina Carr.

And this is not 1936, it is 2006 and onwards, a time in which women have been otherwise doing quite well in certain areas, going to pubs on their own and so forth.

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