About the Book
‘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.’
Emilia Bassano, ‘To the Vertuous Reader’
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 Her Story has been erased by History. Commissioned specifically for Shakespeare’s Globe, and with an all-female cast, this world premiere will reveal the life of Emilia: poet, mother and feminist. This time, the focus will be on this exceptional woman who managed to outlive all the men the history books tethered her to.
About the Book
‘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...
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm is a playwright and screenwriter. Her play Belongings was produced at the Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios in 2011 and was shortlisted for The Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award. This was followed in 2015 by another hit play at Hampstead Theatre, The Wasp, which also transferred to Trafalgar Studios. Other stage work includes commissions for the Old Vic, Clean Break and Firehouse Productions. She has co-written several acclaimed immersive site specific plays with Katie Lyons for Look Left Look Right and was part of the writing team for four of the Lyric Hammersmith’s pantomimes from 2009-2012 and wrote (solo) the Bolton Octagon’s Christmas plays for 2013 and 2014. In 2016 Morgan was selected for the BBC TV Drama Writers Programme and is working on a sixty minute original television drama with BBC Scotland. She is also adapting The Wasp as a feature film for Paradise Films in Canada and working on a feature script for Little House Productions in the UK.