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Swive

Synopsis

SWIVE

(archaic, transitive) To copulate with (a woman).

(archaic, transitive, dialectal ) To cut a crop in a sweeping

or rambling manner, hence to reap; cut for harvest.

Sex as power in the reign of Elizabeth I.

Elizabeth was a political mastermind and monarchic force who reigned supreme for 45 years, and yet she still felt that her power ultimately resided in her beauty.

Swive, a new play created by award-winning writer Ella Hickson (The Writer, Almeida; ANNA, National Theatre) and director Natalie Abrahami (ANNA, National Theatre; Machinal, Almeida), interrogates the power of aesthetics in gaining and maintaining control in a patriarchy.

The power of kings is never predicated on their appearance. In Swive, Hickson shines candlelight on the savage pressure that women are under to sell themselves on their least interesting quality. If beauty is the key to survival, how do you hold on to what time will take away?

 

Event details

Thu 9 Jan 2020, 7:30pm

Captioned by Stagetext

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Venue details

Shakespeare's Globe (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
21 New Globe Walk
Bankside
London
SE1 9DT

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