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MARGARET CAVENDISH, VIRGINIA WOOLF, AND THE CYPRIOT GODDESS NATURA
Sat 8 April 2017, 19:30 – 20:45 EEST
A SPECIAL PUBLIC, SCRIPT-IN-HAND PERFORMANCE OFFERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NICOSIA MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL 2017, AT CVAR, ERMOU STREET, NICOSIA, CYPRUS, AS PART OF OTHELLO'S ISLAND 2017 - THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES
In this premiere, semi-performed reading of a new play by Jim Fitzmaurice, we are asked to imagine an impossible meeting. Two women writers -- both notorious in their day, but separated by over two hundred years -- finally chance upon one another at the Bahtezar Cafe in CVAR.
This brief performance creates an imaginary conversation, both serious and comic, between Margaret Cavendish, a prolific Early Modern woman writer, and Virginia Woolf, the famous novelist who ridiculed Cavendish in "The Common Reader" (1929). Woolf was fascinated by Cavendish, and the ridicule seems to have hidden a strong affinity felt by Woolf for Cavendish. The two talk philosophy and what might be called "the nature of nature". For Cavendish, the Goddess Natura was all important. Along the way, she and Woolf also get up to high jinks with Sir Constantijn Huygens, John Evelyn, and other 17th century intellectuals.
Actors and stage crew will include students from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. The play will be directed by Jim Fitzmaurice (Univeristy of Sheffield) and Henry Bell (Sheffield Hallam University).
The Othello's Island Conference would like to thank the University of Sheffield Foundation and the School of English for helping with funding for student travel. Othello's Island also would like to thank the College of Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University for funding student and staff travel.