Roaring Girls Debates

Roaring Girls Debates

A series of debates to accompany the season of plays on the Swan stage. 

Roaring Girls Through History
Saturday 23 August
Swan Theatre
10.15 - 11.15am
Erica Whyman chairs a discussion on the changes to the feminist landscape both in the last 500 years and the last 50, with Susie Orbach, Professor Catherine Belsey and Helen Castor.

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Few Roles for Women: A Talk with Harriet Walter
Sunday 7 September
Swan Theatre
3 - 3.45pm
Harriet Walter on her personal investigation into why there are fewer satisfying roles for women than men, particularly in classical theatre and for older women.

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Tickets £8 per session. Suitable for ages 16+.

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Roaring Girls Through History

Saturday 23 August
How have things changed for roaring girls since Moll Cutpurse first hit the stage in the sixteenth century? Erica Whyman chairs a discussion looking at the changes to the feminist landscape, both over the last 500 years and in the last 50. She will be joined by Susie Orbach, Helen Castor and Professor Catherine Belsey.

Psychotherapist, writer and social critic Susie Orbach first published Fat is a Feminist Issue in 1978. Since then she has regularly published books which examine societal influences on female body image.

Helen Castor is a broadcaster and historian of the medieval period, and was formerly a lecturer in history at Cambridge University. Her most recent book, She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010) was voted one of the books of the year by many reviewers, and Helen presented a three-part BBC Four television series based on the book in 2012. Her next book, Joan of Arc: A History, will be published by Faber in October 2014.

Professor Catherine Belsey has an international reputation as a deft and sophisticated critical theorist and subtle and eloquent critic of literature, particularly of Renaissance texts. Formerly Chair of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University, a research forum for discussion and debate on current views of the relation between human beings and culture, her most recent publication was A Future for Criticism (2011).

Swan Theatre
10.15 - 11.15am

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Few Roles for Women: A Talk with Harriet Walter

Sunday 7 September
Join RSC Associate Artist Harriet Walter on her personal investigation into why there are fewer satisfying roles in theatre for women than there are for men, especially in the classical repertory and especially for older women.

On deciding she is 'now beginning to feel like a repetitive grumpy old moaner', Harriet began to analyse the causes that have led to the lack of roles for women in the theatre, her inquiry led her from ancient Greece to modern Hollywood, via Shakespeare, the Restoration and the kitchen sink. Following Harriet's talk there will be a Q & A with the audience led by Erica Whyman.

As well as having worked extensively in theatre, television, film and radio, Harriet is the author of three books including Facing It: Reflections on Images of Older Women published in 2011.

Swan Theatre
3 - 3.45pm

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Tickets £8 per session. Suitable for ages 16+.

Buy tickets online or call the RSC Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 1110.

Please note: In the event of unforeseen circumstances, alternative speakers may be presented without notice 

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