“As a feminist, writer, artist and overall human, it’s integral we question the status quo with work and ensure we make the best decisions for our production team and casts to enable everyone has a chance, voice and representation across our work.“
CN: Women in the Arts- as a professional speaker on the topic of feminism, why is this close to your heart? How can we, as an industry, work towards greater equality and boost the passions, morale and opportunities for emerging (and established for that matter) female artists?
SK: The more stories we see with women at the centre, the less we will think the default for every story is a man as a protagonist. This is true not only for men, but everyone. Even as a woman, it’s easy to start writing something and think the main character is a man because that’s what we’ve predominantly seen. I think it’s also important to consider this in conjunction with other underrepresented groups and ensure that feminism is the beginning of the conversation and to also consider ideas of intersectionality. Intersectionality is the interconnected nature of social categorisations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
CN: What are your 10 Top Tips to Becoming a Playwright?
Channel your inner popstar and take the page like a stage without fear
Write what you want to see on stage
Don’t get it right, get it written
Ask people you trust to read what you write and give feedback
Be flexible and kind to yourself when taking on feedback
Rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite based on your own feedback, the feedback of others you trust and be open to the magic of the unexpected
Do something that’s not writing to take your mind off the play and see it more objectively before doing further rewrites
Figure out a way to get your play on (by yourself, with friends, collaborators, or anyone who is up for a challenge) and learn from how an audience responds to your work
- Call yourself a playwright in your Twitter bio