“There is work here that is well worth seeing, and which belies the outdated notion that women only write domestic plays” – Lyn Gardner, Guardian

“Agent 160 don’t do things by halves” – Neil Cooper, The Herald

“Agent 160 has a beautifully simple theatrical agenda” – Joe Nawaz, Belfast Telegraph


Agent 160 is a writer-led theatre company that produces work from its female playwrights, based across the UK. In 2010, Sphinx Theatre Company hosted a conference where it was revealed just 17 per cent of produced work in the UK is written by women. Agent 160 aims to increase this percentage, practically addressing the production and commissioning gender imbalance. We write about what we want to write about, refusing to be pigeon-holed by gender, age, class, sexuality or location.

Aphra Behn – the first woman to earn her living as a playwright – was also a spy. Her codename was Agent 160.

Agent 160 launched in 2012, staging work in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and London. We have hosted several discussions on women and theatre and recently staged a Fun Palace at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.