In front of an audience of literary heavyweights gathered at New York’s Town Hall, pugnacious American novelist Norman Mailer squares up against a panel of prominent feminist advocates including Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston and Diana Trilling. The occasion is captured in the documentary Town Bloody Hall.
The Town Hall Affair, directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, features extended clips from the film and revisits that explosive night with Ari Fliakos, Greg Mehrten, Scott Shepherd, Maura Tierney and Kate Valk playing the real-life participants onstage. Layered with additional text and footage, The Town Hall Affair draws on experimental techniques to delve into the revolutionary fervour of 1970s’ feminist thinking, and lets us consider who we were then and who we have become.
Part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.
Age guidance 14+
22 June 2018
Free to same-day ticket holders
The 1971 debate on feminism is deconstructed in an almost pitch-perfect Wooster Group production
The whole thing feels not only smart but pays tribute to intellectual cut and thrust
Germaine Greer and Norman Mailer brought vividly to life in a restaging of a debate on feminism
It is all very strange, but utterly, utterly engrossing, superbly and intensely performed
Strange, but gripping piece by legendary experimental theatre makers The Wooster Group