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Preview: Godot is a Woman, Pleasance Theatre

In 1953 a man wrote a play about waiting

In 1988 he sued five women for trying to perform it

In 2001 Madonna released ‘What It Feels Like for a Girl’

It’s 2020 and we’re still waiting.

Playing between 11 – 15 Nov 2020

Following the announcement of the reopening of Pleasance Theatre, having undergone a complete redesign to meet Covid regulations, the first show to grace the new space will be Godot is a Woman, from Pleasance London Associates Silent Faces. The show was orignally set to be on at the venue in March, but was postponed for very obvious reasons.

Silent Faces make ensemble-led devised theatre and are proud to be an integrated company of disabled and non-disabled artists. Godot is a Woman follows the critically acclaimed A Clown Show About Rain (“Delightful” Scotsman) and Follow Suit (“Marvellously comic and compelling” The Stage).

We’re excited to see Silent Faces take a swing at the patriarchy with Godot is a Woman. The Beckett Estate’s refusal to allow women to do Waiting for Godot (and who even knows where they stand on gender non-conforming people) seems a relic of a bygone time and deserves interrogation.  In their inimitable style, I have no doubt that Silent Faces’ new show will not only rage but question, challenge and hopefully inspire us all!” Nic Connaughton, Head of Theatre at Pleasance Theatre

With their trademark style of playful and political physical theatre, Silent Faces explore permission, patriarchy and pop music in Godot is a Woman.

We all know what it’s like to wait, don’t we? Waiting for our banana bread to come out the oven, waiting for Boris Johnson’s 5 o’clock announcement, waiting for permission from male playwrights to perform plays about the human condition. Since Waiting for Godot was written, non-men all over the world have been waiting to fill the boots of Vladimir and Estragon. Nearly 70 years later, the playwright is dead and his estate still says no to the casting of women.

Today Ariana Grande tells us that ‘God is a Woman’… so we’ve decided we’re done waiting. Samuel Beckett? As Grande would say: thank u, next.

The show plays between 11 and 15 November, 7pm every day except Sunday 15 when the show will start at 5pm.

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