It started me thinking. What am I angry about - as a woman and as a writer? Can I separate the two out? Driving home, I created a brief list.
- The pay gap - its short-term impact on the way we structure family life and its long-term impact on female financial security.
- The complete lack of real family-friendly policies from political parties looking at the work-life balance of both genders.
- Gendered toys which encourage boys to be violent and girls to value themselves primarily on appearance.
- The fact that, no matter how much tax I pay to fund the police and courts, if I'm in an abusive relationship, I probably won't get the protection I need. On average two women are killed each week by a violent or abusive partner or ex-partner.
The sixteen plays we're planning to stage will make a difference to this landscape. And theatre is, as Littlewood believed, active in its world, in its community. It reflects it, but it can also lead it. It can be a trailblazer for equality. It can say to girls growing up they shouldn't have to live in this sort of world.
So when we beg, bother and badger you to pledge a few quid, it really isn't because we want to put on our work for the sake of our own egos. That isn't what Agent 160 is about. We're trying to do something to change things, admittedly in a relatively small way, but we're trying anyway. Kickstarter donations will make a real difference to our ability to do that. If you'd like to pledge, the link is here.