I have been re reading my notes from a talk by Erica Whyman from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Here is a link to an interesting project that she talks about. https://www.rsc.org.uk/news/shakespeare-nation-q-and-a-with-erica-whyman
She was asked ‘how is the spirit of Shakespeare alive in writing and theatre today?’ She cited ann immediate relationship with the audience, plays interested in leadership and power, plays that play with form, and explore gender.
When asked how the RSC confronts the problem of gender, She said she is an advocate of questioning casting choices, – could this be played by a woman? To put the right structures in place for women to be able to write for the stage. – so that 80% of women write for the big stage.
She observed that the journey from commission to production has traditionally a machismo to it which suits men more than women.