National Play Festival furore

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Richard Watts

The 2010 National Play Festival’s publicity material has been decried as sexist and demeaning to women.

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As debate rages over the lack of opportunities for women directors and playwrights on Australian main stages, the National Play Festival – Australia’s leading market for showcasing new unproduced plays – has raised eyebrows and ire with its leading publicity image.

About the author

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's Performing Arts Editor and Team Leader, Editorial; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R.

The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, Richard currently serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's Committee of Management and on the Green Room Awards Independent Theatre panel.

He is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and in 2017 was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend.

Follow Richard on Twitter: @richardthewatts