25 Jun 2018 - 25 Jun 2018

Almeida Questions

Unsung Heroines


Tickets £5

Free to those aged 25 and under (limited to 2 per person)

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Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. – Virginia Woolf

Where are all the female writers in the history books? The poets, playwrights, published authors? When most novels from the eighteenth-century were written by women, why do we end up with a canon and literary syllabus that boiled the rise of the novel down to men?

Inspired by Sophie Treadwell, whose play Machinal was the only text out of 39 she wrote in her lifetime to be published, this Almeida Questions panel celebrates unsung literary heroines from the past, digs into their resounding absence in memory and looks ahead to a future where female stories and voices are not forgotten.



Dates & Tickets

Mon 25 Jun

Free to those aged 25 and under. Log in and enter the promo code UNDER25 when booking (limited to 2 per person)



Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman, a regular presenter of the BBC’s Week in Westminster and a regular panellist on the News Quiz. Her first book, Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in Nine Fights, is published by Jonathan Cape in 2020.

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Almeida Questions is an eclectic programme of pre-show discussions which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage. In each discussion, invited panellists dig into the key issues and ideas emerging from the show.

Cast & Creatives

Shahidha Bari
Caroline Criado Perez
Helen Lewis
Sabrina Mahfouz