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Voila! Europe Festival: Don't Be Absurd: Sluts at Applecart Arts

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Time 19:15
Date 12/11/18
Price £10

Two women. Both dead. Hanged; Jumped down a well. Two writers – Goethe & Hebbel – who condemned them. But this time, they won’t stick to their stories.

Dates and Times: Mon 12, Wed 14 & Sat 17 Nov, 19:15.

A deviant schoolmistress is waiting to induct you into her School of Womanhood. She wants to form you (all of you) into real women. Women of NOW. She isn’t quite sure what that means. You’re here to find out.

What she does have, is a lesson plan. She has two examples for you to study – examples of what not to do. Gretchen and Klara – the  central women of two classic German plays (Faust & Maria Magdalena) – will relive their stories for you. Both stories end in death, because both women get something very, very wrong. They’re SLUTS.

A journey from story to story draws parallels between past and present and the oppressed women of bourgeois tragedies, mouthpieces of male fantasies, are allowed to emerge from their contexts and pick apart their own shame. The audience participates variously, as observers, as their oppressors and as their allies.

The performance uses short excerpts of the original German but is accessible to English-speakers through translation and newly devised material. It is an investigation of persisting social judgments on what women should do with their bodies, and an experiment in cross-linguistic theatre.

COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend Voila! Europe Festival: Don't Be Absurd: Sluts at Applecart Arts at 19:15 on Monday 12 November. To enter the competition, send an email to with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: What does the word 'slut' really mean? I mean... Where did it come from? And, what's so bad about it? Well... Apparently, the first recorded use of the word was a reference to a man in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Not because he was sleeping around, but because he was a...
A: .1) Son of a Farmer .2) Scruffy / Sloppy dresser .3) Man with a Dog .4) Englishman