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15 Heroines / THE DESERT

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THE DESERT

Starring Indra Ové, Rosalind Eleazar, Eleanor Tomlinson, Nicholle Cherrie and Martina Laird

In plays by April de Angelis, Isley Lynn, Chinonyerem Odimba, Stella Duffy and Lorna French

Theseus, Hercules, Ulysses, Jason, Achilles... The island-hopping heroes of classical mythology leave a trail of women - queens, sorcerers, pioneers, poets and politicians - in their swaggering wake. Two thousand years ago, the Roman poet Ovid gave voice to those women in a series of fictional letters called The Heroines.

Now, 15 leading British playwrights draw inspiration from Ovid to dramatise the lives of 15 Heroines. This exclusive online production in partnership with Digital Theatre is filmed live in our empty theatre. Delivered by an outstanding cast in three parts - The War, The Desert and The Labyrinth - 15 Heroines is a landmark theatrical event.

The Desert contains five short plays that cast a new and surprising light on what it’s like to be alone in a man’s world. These women refuse to be victims. Now is the time to put the story straight. Deianaria (Indra Ové) tries to save her husband Heracles from his own nature. Canace (Eleanor Tomlinson) defends an incestuous passion. Hypermestra (Nicholle Cherrie) is alone among her sisters – she spared her husband’s life. Dido (Rosalind Eleazar) is ruler of a city, founder of an empire – so why won’t Aeneas stay? Sappho (Martina Laird) is the greatest poet of her age, searching for a new song.

Deianaria is by April De Angelis (Jumpy - Royal Court, My Brilliant Friend - National Theatre); Canace is by Isley Lynn (Skin a Cat); Hypermestra is by Chinonyerem Odimba (Unknown Rivers - Hampstead Theatre, Princess and the Hustler - Bristol Old Vic); Dido is by Stella Duffy (twice Stonewall Writer of the Year); Sappho is by Lorna French (twice winner of the Alfred Fagon Award).

BOOK NOW - only 250 tickets available per performance!

Don’t miss the other two parts, The War and The Labyrinth.

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