On Miscarriages & Memory Mugging on Facebook

This morning I’ve been prepping to make the most of my Women of the World Festival this week. I’m aiming to take myself as far out of my comfort zone as I can and address some holes in my knowledge. Feeling sated with all things female, (and gently steaming amongst the drying laundry – joys of multi-tasking at home*) I flipped over to Facebook and … Continue reading On Miscarriages & Memory Mugging on Facebook

Provocation for Theatre 2016 conference

I was invited to give this provocation at the #Theatre2016 conference at the Arts Theatre in London on Thursday 12th May at the beginning of the session chaired by David Edgar. I had three minutes so you can read this at a gallop! “How can theatre play a more prominent role in key issues of national and international debate?” In 2012 I was invited to … Continue reading Provocation for Theatre 2016 conference

Diversity – WE’ll give you a DIVERSECITY

Aged 24 – 50+, from all points on  Greater London’s compass with at least 5 languages spoken and a list of skills and experience to make any cabinet blush, not to mention a whole panoply of brilliant women and men behind us, the Women’s Equality Party’s candidates for the London Assembly mean business. On Saturday 27th February, WE went on our first group canvas and … Continue reading Diversity – WE’ll give you a DIVERSECITY

Why does [insert name of famous actress] keep her grey hair in a bag?


This conversation started between two people and eventually the whole room was kind enough to join. It’s rather longer than most blog posts….

I’m not sure if we said or learned anything that isn’t in another report in open space somewhere else. However open spacers know that Sometimes a thing needs saying many times until someone steps forward with an action …. To break the cycle. Please….feel free.

A few points of info for context.

I’m 48, I’m female, a theatre-maker and I have taken a conscious decision to be grey-haired. I’m campaigning for the Women’s Equality Party in the London Elections so I’m not in a neutral space about this issue. I declare my interest 😉

I’d just come from a morning surrounded by mostly younger women and had forgotten until I arrived at the D&D and was suddenly conscious of how my legs and hips were tired, after hours of walking and canvassing, that I was the twice the age of the women I’d been working with.

I remembered that my hair was grey. I became 48 again.Whatever that means.

  • Women
  • Theatre
  • Ageing….

I remembered that in a theatre green room, I once had a long conversation with a famous and incredible actress with a long history of writing and producing – about the grey moment. And that became my question to this group.

Despite being a Dame, and a household name, a trail blazer in TV, this actor kept her own grey-haired wig in a bag in her handbag and sported a dyed head of hair. It was a survival strategy and everyone (by which she meant all the female actors she knew of her generation) needed and deployed it. It came up again at a model box showing on another production with another woman of similar national treasure status. Continue reading “Why does [insert name of famous actress] keep her grey hair in a bag?”