Nell casts her vote for Playhouse Creatures brings gender to

Playhouse Creatures

Playhouse Creatures - Credit: Archant

While the votes are being counted tonight, a play about the politics of theatre opens at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans.

Presented by resident company, OVO, April de Angelis’s Playhouse Creatures gives an insight into the first women to perform on stage.

It is set in the 17th century but the issues of gender equality in the arts are still pertinent today.

Drawing from historic fact about the leading ladies, including Nell Gwyn, Playhouse Creatures weaves a fictional tale that strikes a very modern chord.

Director Janet Podd commented on the play’s current relevance, “Even last week the national press reported on how little progress has been made in the past 10 years with regards to gender and play production. A decade ago, 30 per cent of new plays produced in UK theatres were written by women. In 2013, it was still only 31 per cent.”

Playhouse Creatures runs until Sunday, May 10, starting at 8pm. Tickets are £10/£7.50 from