Samuel French: 5 brilliant plays by female playwrights…

Samuel French, our partners on the Women’s Prize for Playwriting, have put together a list of plays by female playwrights whose work they’re proud to publish

Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals company is proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize for Playwriting. We publish and license plays on a global scale with the aim of increasing the longevity and reach of the plays we represent, bringing our writers’ work to new audiences all around the world.

We’ve put together a list of 5 brilliant plays by female playwrights whose work we’re proud to publish, as inspiration to help you get to the submissions deadline!

The B*easts by Monica Dolan

WPP Panel Judge, Monica Dolan’s wry and punchy monologue explores growing up with the pressures of today’s hyper-sexualised beauty standards. This story leaves you questioning whether the events described actually happened!

The Stepmother by Githa Sowerby

A family drama from a playwright whose observations on women’s position in society and independence were well ahead of their time. The Stepmother is a great example of a classically-structured play whose resonance is still felt today.

Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu

A lyrical and visceral exploration of the experience of young black men in America today. This is an urgent, political play that showcases Nwandu’s thrilling use of language.

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill’s seminal 1982 play that examines what it takes for a woman to succeed in society. A remarkable example of Churchill’s ability to shift tone and structure within a play.

White Pearl by Anchuli Felicia King

A caustic satire on the contemporary beauty industry that premiered at the Royal Court in 2019. King uses comedy to explore taboo subjects to great effect.

We hope these 5 plays help you with the final push for the 2 March! For further inspiration, here’s a link to more fantastic plays by female playwrights.

Read more about the Women’s Prize for Playwriting here.

Read an article from Ellie Keel, founder of the women’s Prize for Playwriting, here.

Check out Paines Plough’s upcoming shows here.

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