1st Edition

Subversions Playing with History in Women's Theatre

By Erika Block, Julie Wilkinson Copyright 1998
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    In pointing to the way in which women have been historically represented (or left out altogether) and the reality of women's lives, feminist performance makes the histories, lives and desires of women visible, as this volume of plays from the 1990s aims to illustrate.

    Introduction; Walking on Peas Erika Block; Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen Deborah Barnard Jill Dowse Kate Hale Cath Kilcoyne; Mrs. Beeton’s History of the World Julie Wilkinson


    Erika Block is co-artistic director of the Walk & Squawk Performance Project, a Michigan-based touring company which produces interdisciplinary work. Most recently, she directed and co-wrote They Do It With Mirrors, a one-woman performance about identity, illusion and rabbit stew which is currently touring in the US and UK. Other work includes scripting Wickedness, a dance-theatre adaptation of Ron Hansen’s story which was performed in the Nebraska State Capitol Building and at DanceSpace Project in New York; an interdisciplinary adaptation of Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark and And To Eat No Fish, a reconstruction of five Shakespeare texts. Her next project, inspired by Marc Chagall’s designs for the Moscow Yiddish Theatre, will be staged under a circus tent with clowns, acrobats and Klezmer. Julie Wilkinson was born and brought up in Manchester, where she now lives with her partner and their two daughters. Her work has been performed in community venues, schools and theatres all over the country. Plays include On the Plastic; The Complete Servant; Pinchdice & Co (published by Sheffield Academic Press, 1991 in a volume edited by Gabriele Griffin and Elaine Aston); Don’t Call Me Now, and for young people The Sack of Lies; Thicker Than Water; and The Incredible Expanding Baby. Julie also teaches creative writing in Bolton and Manchester.