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Carole Woddis


Response to Dress Suits for Hire

Chaired by Carole Wodis

with response from Dee Heddon and Clare Duffy

and a broader discussion of relationship between

women's performance and the press



Clare and Dee's response


Lois and Peggy in the audience

To download film footage of Claire and Dee's response to Dress Suits for Hire:

To download film footage of Carole's comments on Split Britches and relationships with the press:

To download film footage of the audience discussion:



Carole Woddis has been a theatre journalist and critic for over 20 years, contributing to national and regional newspapers and magazines since the early 1980s. Prior to that she was a press officer for the RSC, National Theatres, The Round House and Royal Ballet and administrator with various other arts organisations. She has co-edited two editions with Trevor R Griffiths of The Bloomsbury Theatre Guide (in the US known as Back Stage ), in 1991 published a collection of interviews with actresses, Sheer Bloody Magic (Virago) and in 2000 with Stephen Unwin was co-author of Faber & Faber's Pocket Guide to 20th Century Drama . She has also contributed articles to various feminist academic magazines and books. For the past ten years she has been a Visiting Tutor at Goldsmiths College, University of London where she teaches Journalism. She also gives workshops in theatre criticism and writing in schools.


Clare Duffy lives in Edinburgh and is currently working towards her PhD at the University of Glasgow's Theatre, Film and Television department. Her first solo full length play, Crossings was commissioned by Sgript Cymru, won a Pearson award and a year long residency at the West Yorkshire Playhouse where she wrote A Good Man . She is currently working on a new script, Her Last Fling , as part of the Jerwood/Arvon Foundation Playwrights scheme. In 1997 Clare co founded Unlimited Theatre with whom she continues to write and perform. Unlimited Theatre have been awarded two Fringe Firsts and tour nationally and internationally, most recently performing Neutrino in Los Angeles, the Ukraine, Cologne and Belfast and Static in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Berlin. Zero Degrees and Drifting toured the UK in 2004 and Tangle as a work in progress was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2005 and in February 2006 at the Horse Hospital in London. It will tour the UK in Autumn 2007.


Dee Heddon is a lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. Her research on autobiographical performance has appeared in various journals and anthologies including Studies in Theatre Production, Research in Drama Education, Performance Research, New Theatre Quarterly, Auto/biography and Identity , eds. Gale and Gardner (Manchester University Press, 2004) and Modern Confessional Writing , ed. Gill (Routledge, 2005). Dee's autobiographical performance practice includes “Forward to Sender” (2002), “Following in the Footsteps” (2003), and “One Square Foot” (2004). Dee is also co-author of Devising Performance: A Critical History (Palgrave, 2005).




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