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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Good news for "older actresses"

"British actresses are the best in the world but there isn't the work for them” -- Kate Mosse

Tim Masters, reporting for the BBC, writes that prize-winning novelist Kate Mosse (pictured) is creating a play for actresses in their sixties.

"I'd like my first big play to be a play for women," she told the BBC.

"There are still not big roles for older female actresses in anything like the way that there are for the great male actors."

Actors union Equity recently voiced concerns over inequality in casting men and women in subsidised theatres.

Mosse - who co-founded the Orange Prize for women's fiction - added she hopes the new play will reach the stage next year.

Mosse, author of bestsellers Labyrinth and Sepulchre, said that fans of her novels would not be surprised that the play centred on a piece of "lost women's history" set in 13th Century Jerusalem.

Mosse had been working on another play, entitled Dodger - with a "wonderful lead part" for an older male actor - commissioned for the Chichester Festival Theatre's 2013 season.

But she has put Dodger aside to make way for the new work.

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