Where are the women? Part 2 by Stellar Quines and Christine Hamilton 

An analysis of women in creative roles across theatre in Scotland in 2019/20 

In 2020, Stellar Quines commissioned Christine Hamilton to carry out research analysing numbers of women in creative roles in subsidised theatres in Scotland. This was as a follow up to Christine’s original Where are the women? research report released in 2016 which covered the year 2014/15. 

The up-to-date research findings show that, in many areas, there has been an increase in the percentage of women in roles in 2019/20 compared to 2014/15.  

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In 2019/20, in Scottish publicly funded theatres:

  • 48% of creative roles across all categories were undertaken by women (39% in 2014/15) 
  • 54% of theatre companies had women in artistic leadership roles (38% in 2014/15) 
  • 50% of theatre companies were artistically led solely by women (17% in 2014/15) 
  • 63% of set and costume designers were women (29% in 2014/15) 
  • 75% of translator and adaptor roles were undertaken by women (33% in 2014/15) 
  • 28% of lighting designers were women (6% in 2014/15) 
  • 27% of composers, musical directors and sound designers were women (11% in 2014/15) 
  • 52% of performers were women (46% in 2014/15)  
  • 48% of directors of shows were women (47% in 2014/15)  
  • 41% of commissioned playwrights were women (39% in 2014/15) 

This information was gathered from 26 theatre companies and included 1,338 roles. 

We believe the findings imply that lessons have been taken on board by the Scottish theatre industry since the original Where are the women? report. 

This new report undertaken in 2020 provides a picture of near gender parity in Scottish theatre pre-COVID and is a benchmark against which future developments can be measured following COVID-19 restrictions. 

Download Where are the Women? Part 2 full report

Where are the women? Part 2 was commissioned with financial support from The Pump House Trust. 


Where are the women? Part 1 by Christine Hamilton

An analysis of women in creative roles across theatre in Scotland in 2014/15 

The report includes an outline of what was done, the assumptions made, an analysis of the data and the conclusions for theatre in Scotland that can be drawn from this. It also outlines the position of Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government on this issue.

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In 2014/15, in Scottish publicly funded theatres:

  • 39% of creative roles across all categories went to women.
  • 38% of theatre companies had women in artistic leadership roles.
  • 4 out of 24 theatre companies were artistically led solely by women.
  • Women were cast in 46% of the 811 roles.
  • Women made up 47% of directors of shows.
  • Women wrote 39% of the plays.
  • 29% of set and costume designers and 6% of lighting designers were women.
  • Women made up 11% of composers, musical directors and sound designers.

This information was gathered from 24 theatre companies and included 1698 roles.

The data gathering and analysis was carried out entirely by voluntary effort by Christine Hamilton. Neither the Scottish Government nor Creative Scotland gathers this information.

Download Where are the Women? Part 1 full report