“This was the first piece of new writing in Michelle Terry’s inaugural season at the Globe back in August. It's the story of Emilia Bassano, England’s first professional female poet. It impressed critics & audiences the first time around and its opening at the Vaudeville Theatre has got a lot of people excited.”
“I didn’t catch this show when it was at the Globe so I was really looking forward to watching it on the West End. It’s the story of Emilia Bassano who, 400 years ago, was determined to get her voice heard. It operates as a fierce lament for all the forgotten women writers whose names have been erased from history: not just those in the distant past. All power to the all-female team of producers who have brought this show into the West End. Directed with real grace and invention by Nicole Charles and performed by a crack ensemble”
I AM EMILIA.
Writer. Wife. Lover. Mother. Muse.
I am unheard.
I want education, equality, opportunity, respect. For us all.
We want choice.
We want a voice.
WE ARE EMILIA.
400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Her story is still our story.
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.
Times are finally changing. Not fast enough. It’s up to you. We are all Emilia.
Stand up alongside her and be counted.
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s glorious play roars into the West End
Ambition, intensity and rebellion in this heartfelt call to arms
This is a play that speaks to today, as a woman finds her own story and the voice to tell it with
Good intentions cannot disguise the plodding quality of much of the writing
The Arts Desk
A galvanising slice of agit prop for the #MeToo generation
This firecracker production about a 16th-century poet is female from top to toe and could go far if it were a little shorter with fewer feminist rants
This feminist romp through the life of forgotten poet Emilia Bassano is unsubtle, but undeniably fun
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