– a première –

by April de Angelis

at the National Theatre on Wednesday 28 March 2015, at 9.15pm

Harriet Creelman
Scarlett Alice Johnson
Jennifer Pick

Heroine Cast

Cast of HEROINE by April de Angelis L-R: Jennifer Pick, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Harriet Creelman


as part of Women Centre Stage Festival
run by Sphinx Theatre Company



In a showstopping festival finale, a handful of leading playwrights stay up all night to create short plays based on women in the headlines, written, directed and performed within 24 hours – offering a first glimpse of brand new works by some of the
hottest names in theatre.

Featuring seat-of-the-pants new plays by:

Multi award-winner and Sphinx patron APRIL DE ANGELIS (Playhouse Creatures, Jumpy), directed by Susannah Tresilian (Posh, Salisbury Playhouse / Nottingham Playhouse)

Evening Standard Award winner RONA MUNRO (The James Plays),
directed by Anna Ledwich (Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Hampstead)

Critics’ Circle Award Winner BARNEY NORRIS (Visitors),
directed by Alice Hamilton (Visitors)

Evening Standard Award-winner RACHEL DE LAHAY (Routes),
directed by Anya Reiss

Olivier Award-nominee ROY WILLIAMS (Sucker Punch)

Ensemble Cast includes Eleanor Matsuura (BULL, Young Vic),
Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones),
Scarlett Alice Johnson (Pramface, EastEnders),
Tricia Kelly (The Kitchen, National Theatre),
Sam Adamson (OffWestEnd Best Supporting Male Award-winner for Glasshouse),
Tom Byam Shaw (Tender Napalm),
Emily Plumtree (Strange Interlude),
Jess Mabel Jones (Beauty and the Beast for Improbable / Young Vic),
Harriet Creelman (Burn After Reading Poets)
and more to be announced.


Half of Salisbury Playhouse creative team were present or so it seemed!: playwright Barney Norris, me and director David Mercatali


A two-day festival celebrating women on stage: Fri 27 & Sat 28 March

Workshop day: 27 March, The Actors Centre – click here for the workshop programme.
Performance day: 28 March, National Theatre – click here for the performance programme


Only around a third of mainstage theatre roles in the UK feature women.
Join us as we champion leading women in theatre
and work to change things for the next generation.

Two days of workshops, seminars, live performances and new plays from some of the country’s leading names and most exciting new talents.