EMILIA by Morgan Lloyd-Malcolm
DATES: 10th-14th March 2020
VENUE: The Television Workshop, Richmond House, 1 Canal Street, Nottingham NG1 7EG
‘Men, who forgetting they were born of women, nourished of women, and if they were not of the means of women, they would be quite extinguished out of the world, and a final end of them all; do like vipers deface the wombs wherein they were bred.’
In 1611 Emilia Bassano penned these words to her ‘Vertuous Reader’, as part of a volume of radical, feminist and subversive poetry. It was one of the first published collections of poetry written by a woman in England. The little we know of Emilia Bassano is restricted to the possibility that she may have been the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s Sonnets – and the rest of HerStory has been erased by History.
With an all-female cast, this highly-acclaimed new play will reveal the life of Emilia: poet, mother and feminist. This time, the focus will be on an exceptional woman who managed to outlive all the men the history books tethered her to.
AGE GUIDELINE: 10+
Director: Tim Evans
Assistant Director: Natalia Bruce
CAST: Jessie-Mae Alonzo, Taran Duval, Nell Foley, Mya Fox-Scott, Betsy Green,
Leah Harris, Olivia Hopkinson, Rebecca Johnson, Charlie Mackenzie-Barrow,
Isabel Milner, Sarah Moat, Chantelle Nelson, Safia Oakley-Green