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Feminist activist and theatre maker Natalie Diddams presents a work in progress sharing of her adaptation of Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae, investigating how the gender politics of comedy (and the comedy of gender politics) has been used to silence... and how it can be used to empower.
Working with BBC Radio 4 writer Ed Harris, stand-up comic and academic Kate Fox and a group of funny women from Bradford, this scratch performance will address the relationship between ancient and modern sexism through the lens of Ancient Greek comedy.
Natalie Diddams was co-director of My Brother’s Country, which premiered at Theatre in the Mill in February 2015.
“A stirring piece of thought-provoking theatre” The Manchester Review.
'When I first hit on Thesmophoriazusae by Aristophanes (a comedy rarely performed or written about), I was excited to find an ancient play in which female characters speak eloquently about gender oppression. Moreover, I was astounded at how familiar their voices sounded. The female chorus questions the images of women they see around them (focussing on the plays of Euripides) and seeks to fight against what they perceive to be incoherent and unfair representations of their sex...' Read more in the Thesmophoriazusae blog