Saturday February 22, 2020

International Women's Day: Return to gender

When the Waking the Feminists movement erupted, it was the beginning of something bigger

6th March, 2016
Lian Bell, part of the Waking The Feminists campaign calling for equality for women artists in The Abbey Theatre Picture: Fergal Philips

Lian Bell seems like an unlikely figurehead for a movement. A freelance set designer and producer, she is used to be being behind the scenes rather than standing centre stage. In public addresses, she is passionate but quiet-spoken. In person, she seems shy.

But in late 2015, something happened which left her with no option but to stand up and make her feelings heard.

Back in October, when the Abbey Theatre launched its programme to mark...

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