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The Eternal Women of Shakespeare


Tue 25 Sep 2018, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: bernm

This play reading takes the audience on a journey of Shakespeare’s women, from young to old, through 21 selected speeches (plus 3 very short one by ‘token men’!), linked by a Narrator.

With a mixture of professional actors, including from the Lonely Shakespeare Collective, and members of SGCNZ and WSS, this performance is engaging and reveals aspects of the Bard’s ‘take’ on women – with extraordinary currency.

Take Emilia’s line “Let husbands know their wives have sense like them; they see, and smell, and have their palates for both sweet and sour, As husbands have.” And there’s “double meaning in that”!! It is not surprising that Shakespeare’s works have survived for over 400 years, and continue to be performed regularly in over 100 different languages. The constant re-envisaging of his characters keeps them alive, relevant to and challenging our current thoughts and perceptions of the place of women in society.

Presented by:
Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) and Wellington Shakespeare Society (WSS) have joined forces to present staged cue-script readings of The Eternal Woman of William Shakespeare.

Written by the late Rhona Davis MBE, former member and President of WSS, it was first performed by members of the Society some 40 years ago. As the title suggests, it also aligns perfectly with New Zealand’s 125th Suffrage celebrations.

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