|Helen Griffin, picture by Polly Thomas at Wales Millennium Centre|
Other things that were new and strange and surprising...my play ended up being quite angry, partly because one of our inspirations was Joan Littlewood's response to people who said Shelagh Delaney was just like the Angry Young Men; she said she was "the antithesis of London's Angry Young Men. She knows what she is angry about." So I thought quite hard about what I'm angry about, and came up with this little number, and then I called it This Time I Win because if we're going to do feminist rage, let's also shoot for victory.
It was my first time working with director Julia Thomas, actor Helen Griffin and designer Anna Bliss Scully, and a real privilege to work with them all.
But most of all it was just so good to work on something that expressed my values. I talk and think constantly about how shocking it is that only 17% of plays produced in the UK are by women, and what that means for representation—how few roles there are for women, and even fewer for older women, and still fewer interesting and complex roles, but I never get to do anything about it. Working on the Agent 160 Fun Palace meant that I, and the rest of the company, commissioned sixteen monologues, all for women; so we created sixteen heroines. And we did it through collective feminist action. Which really feels like something to sustain me as I go back to solitary writing again.