Women’s Writes Fest

Women's Writes Fest

Fri 27th Jan - Fri 3rd Feb
22:30 (
60 mins)
Funny / New Writing / Women’s Voices
Tickets from £17.00
Venue: Crescent
Age Guidance: 15+
Adult themes

Join the ONCOMM nominated Women’s Writes for three bold short plays written by female playwrights. Named “Empowering” by DIVA Magazine “Politically and socially imperative” by London Theatre Reviews and “redressing the balance” by The Stage Newspaper, this next line up is not to be missed.

Women’s Writes returns with three new plays featuring real, fallible, complex, intelligent, brave women and none of those boring archetypal forms. Featuring new work by Emma Zadow (Writer ‘Jigging’ BBC short film & ‘FRIDGE’ Hope Theatre), Beth May (Playwright, ‘Dungeons and Daddies’ Podcast host & AudioVerse Award Winner for New Improvised Production) and Alex Critoph (Playwright; ‘SKY’ Theatre 503 & Theatre Centre and ‘WASHED’ Brighton Fringe Fest)

Previous writers have explored a range of themes such as the side effects of the contraceptive pill, the experiences of a Tawaif during the Indian War of Independence and female body image.


We operate “Pay More If You Can” pricing to ensure that our shows remain affordable and accessible to everyone.
You can find out more here.
Fri 27th Jan
The Vaults
Leake Street
Fri 3rd Feb
The Vaults
Leake Street

Women's Writes Fest

Women's Writes platforms the work of female and non-binary playwrights. We're bored of those female archetypes we see on stage and screen and are redressing the balance by promoting women writers. We've had sell out shows at The Arcola Theatre, VAULT Festival 2020 and were nominated for an ONCOMM award for the Women's Writes Online Festival. We've been named 'Empowering' by DIVA Magazine, been featured on BBC Radio London and called 'Politically and socially imperative' by London Theatre Reviews.

We are returning to VAULT Festival with a programme of three new short plays...

Press & Reviews

Praise for Women's Writes


OffWestend.com ONCOMM Nominated 

GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER; included in 'hottest front room seats for online theatre' roundup 2021

THE STAGE NEWSPAPER 'redressing the balance'

DIVA MAGAZINE 'Empowering'

LONDON THEATRE REVIEWS 'Socially and politically imperative' 

DISGRACEFUL MAGAZINE 'Empowering and Inspirational' 

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Cast & Creative Team THOSE THAT ARE SPECIAL by Emma Zadow

A show girl and a displaced teen find unlikely friendship in an interval that will forever change them...

Emma Zadow is an actor, playwright and screenwriter from Norfolk. She trained at Rose Bruford College and her plays have been performed at the Arcola, the Old Red Lion Theatre, Camden Fringe Festival, Norwich Arts Centre and Pleasance Theatre. Emma is an alumni playwright from the Soho Theatre Writers Lab, and she was shortlisted for the ETPEP Award, Tony Craze Award and is a 2023 Mercury Playwright. Her BBC New Creative short Jigging is on BBC iPlayer and recently won and has been selected for many international film festivals.

Director; Zyrenka Cox


What if science could tell you if your relationship was doomed to fail or fated to succeed? A young couple gets the chance to sneak a peek at their future, but should they take a look?

Beth is a poet, playwright and actor from Los Angeles, listed as one of Phoenix New Times' Top 100 creatives in 2015 and a finalist for its Big Brain Award for her play Earthlings. She also hosts and co-stars in podcast 'Dungeons and Daddies' which won the AudioVerse Award for New Improvised Production.

Director; Melissa-Kelly Franklin


Jessie's got everything sorted. So when her friends hear that the Fab 5 are coming to London they lie about her perfect life in order to get her a spot on her favourite show. However, as she starts to dismantle everything it unravels in a way she never imagined...

Alex trained at LAMDA and has an MA in Creative Writing. Credits as a Playwright include: Sky commissioned by Theatre 503 & Theatre Centre, WASHED at the Brighton Fringe Festival and GIRL for The Miniaturists at the Arcola Theatre. As a producer; Five Characters in Search of a Good Night’s Sleep at Southwark Playhouse and We'll Dance on the Ash of the Apocalypse at The Park Theatre.

Director; TBC

Cast; TBC


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