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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 by award-winning writer Ella Hickson (The Writer, Almeida; ANNA, National Theatre) and directed by 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?
Clever, funny and indignant
Ella Hickson’s latest is a murderously intense drama about Elizabeth I’s ascent
Blazing truths about how Elizabeth I's legacy was defined on different terms
This sharp and witty new play is the boost women desperately need, and is guaranteed to stoke the fire that blazes within
Hickson’s play has real swagger
Ella Hickson's potent study of women, power and patriarchy
A not so modern queen fights for absolute power
Pacy, dagger-sharp rewriting of history
Abigail Cruttenden’s commanding performance as the elder Elizabeth plays perfectly against the calculated naivety of Nina Cassells’ Princess Elizabeth
A little firecracker of a play
Startling and authentic
Natalie Abrahami’s production is taut and pacey
A tart and teasing play about Tudor power politics and the Queen’s determination to dodge becoming a wife