“You have two weeks from tomorrow to watch a recorded version of the Globe and West End hit show about Emilia Bassano, the woman who may—or may not—have been the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets. An all-female cast and creative team give Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s playful anachronistic script real welly. The whole thing is like a mad and utterly rousing feminist pantomime that celebrates women’s creativity and mourns how often their achievements are over-looked and erased from history. The final rousing monologue is a brilliant call to arms: inspiring, moving, defiant and down right angry. No, it’s hardly subtle, but it is cracking stuff.”
1609. I AM EMILIA.
WRITER. WIFE. LOVER. MOTHER. MUSE.
400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Could she have been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets? What of her own poems? Why was her story erased from history?
Emilia and her sisters reach out to us across the centuries with passion, fury, laughter and song. Listen to them. Let them inspire and unite us.
Celebrate women’s voices through the story of this trailblazing, forgotten woman.
Stand up and be counted.
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