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50/50 returns to Pleasance Theatre's Mainhouse on 2nd March 2020, 7.30pm


50/50 is a performance night that presents scenes from new and established artists exploring all things gender-related. With an equal balance between male and female performers, it features a mix of new writing, re-worked classics, devised pieces, spoken word, physical theatre and stand-up.

The night is a meeting of minds, backgrounds and talent, as our artists come together to perform, discuss and, most importantly, celebrate egalitarianism in theatre. We believe there should be a 50/50 gender balance in casting on stages everywhere.


This time at 50/50 we're hosting a panel of five industry professionals who can give some feedback to the performers, if requested. The panel members will be coming from a variety of backgrounds including acting agents, writing agents, writers, producers and directors. AIAWTC will also be available beyond the performance night for advice and guidance on taking your work further.


Applications are now open!

Are you a writer, director, actor or producer looking to see your script or idea on the stage? We are looking for submissions of scenes that portray, challenge or reinvent gender perceptions in any way. Your script could be new writing, a devised piece, or a reinvention of an existing work (e.g. a gender-reversed scene from a well-known play).
Thriving off eclecticism, we want to hear from artists who perform drama, comedy, spoken word or songs, physical theatre pieces or dances, stand-up comedy or cabaret acts – as long as it all ties into our gender agenda! We will curate the night so that there is a 50/50 balance of males and females across the evening, but your scene can feature any number of performers of a gender, or of GNC.

We are looking for applications from artists of all experience levels. We are particularly keen to work with those who have not yet had access to similar programmes, those whose backgrounds are underrepresented on the stage, including those of Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who are from low-income backgrounds, and theatre-makers who identify as LGBTQ+ or have disabilities.

How To Apply

The first round is by written application. Please submit a description of your piece (250 words max) using the form below, by the deadline of Sunday 19th January at midnight. You may also choose to upload a two-page excerpt from your script, although this is not necessary as candidates are often in the writing stages at the time of applying.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Wednesday 22nd February about a skype or phone meeting with us on Monday 27th January. Afternoon and evening slots will be available. (We historically held in-person meetings at this stage, but we are utilising skype calls as a means of making it more accessible).

At the second round, we'd love hear your piece read by your cast. (You may physicalise the performance as well if you want to, but it's not expected.) We'll make our final decisions as soon as possible and notify our ten successful groups. This will give at least four weeks before the performance date to organise rehearsals for your team, and get performance-ready.

N.B. Restrictions apply to the running time of scenes according to the size of your cast: monologues up to five mins, duologues up to 8 mins, 3-4 people up to 10 mins and larger casts up to 12 mins. We are often over-subscribed with monologues, so casts of two or more are often more easily programmed into the night.

Further Information

To find out further information or if you have any questions, please check out our FAQ page - click the button below.  If this doesn't answer your query, please feel free to email us on


50/50 Submission Form

Apply by Sunday 19th January 2020 at midnight

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