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Stories from the birthing room

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Room G04, Birkbeck, School of Arts

43 Gordon Square London

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What happened in the early modern birthing room? Though the scene of birth is often understood as secret, a surprising number of texts tell us its story. Scripted and directed by Emma Whipday (UCL), actors perform writings from seventeenth-century courtrooms, plays and songs to disclose how women understood birth. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the director, the actors and the academics who supplied the texts – Laura Gowing (King’s College London) and Birkbeck’s Isabel Davis and Sue Wiseman.

In the afternoon, the London Renaissance Seminar will be holding a discussion on the same topic, featuring contributions from various scholars including Leah Astbury (University of Cambridge). All are welcome.

This event forms part of Birkbeck Arts Week 2017 - see the full programme here.

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