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Women, Power and Politics

by Rosa Dunn
Issue No. 2206

The Tricycle has a well earned reputation for presenting culturally diverse work and responding to contemporary issues. Women, Power and Politics is no exception.

It explores why Britain still has one of the smallest percentages of women in government in Europe, and the complexity of women and political power in Britain.

The season includes two collections of plays – “Then” and “Now” – encompassing the work of 12 playwrights, as well as an exhibition and a film season.

Visiting the Tricycle website I was slightly put off to find the advert for the season next to one for the new Sex and the City film. That interesting juxtaposition goes to the heart of the debate about women’s equality today.

The plays reach far beyond the question of women’s liberation to the very system that allows injustice and inequality to ravage the globe.

The gallery exhibition is the work of the curatorial collective “norn” whose work attempts to explore the political impact of grassroots campaigns and the rocky ideological road of women competing within parliamentary structures.

It is divided into sections on the Suffragettes, the 1970s and 1980s under the banner of women’s liberation, Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, and audio accounts from female MPs.

The season includes post performance discussions and is certainly worth a visit.

Women, Power and Politics
A season of plays, films and an exhibition at the Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, London. Until 17 July
Visit » www.tricycle.co.uk for details of the different events


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Tue 15 Jun 2010, 18:43 BST
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