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Stories from the birthing room
Thu 18 May 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 BST
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.
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