Waking the Feminists Northern Ireland: ‘The Headcount’ A survey on the gender breakdown of eight Arts Council of Northern Ireland core-funded theatre companies 2014-2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Between August 2017 and March 2019, the research group of Waking the Feminists Northern Ireland (WTFNI) undertook a survey of the gender breakdown within eight Arts Council of Northern Ireland core funded theatre companies during the time period of 2014 – 2019. Their aim was to collect data on the number of female theatre practitioners working and the types of roles they had within these companies. Please join us to reflect on (in)equality in theatre and the role and potential of research in campaign for change. In conversation with Ali FitzGibbon, Maggie Cronin will discuss the emergence of Waking the Feminists NI. This Northern movement emerged from the grassroots campaign, Waking the Feminists, started in 2015 as a call for equality for women across the Irish theatre sector. Maggie will present the approach and journey of the collaborative research and share insights from their findings.
Period29 Nov 2021
Held atCultural Policy Observatory Ireland, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • equality
  • theatre
  • feminism
  • Northern Ireland
  • arts / cultural policy