Theatre tack­les fem­i­nist com­edy for its next pro­duc­tion

Macclesfield Express - - GARRY THE HAT WHAT’S ON -

THE next per­for­mance from the town’s am­a­teur dra­mat­ics group will be a hi­lar­i­ous satire of fem­i­nism.

Macclesfield Am­a­teur Dra­mat­ics So­ci­ety is stag­ing ‘Fe­male of the Species’ by Joanna Mur­ray-Smith, a satire about celebrity fem­i­nists.

It tells the story of fem­i­nist Mar­got Ma­son, who is held hostage by one of her stu­dents.

Francesca Dykes who plays Mar­got, said: “The Fe­male of the Species poses ques­tions about the chang­ing na­ture of fem­i­nism, and the mod­ern cult of per­son­al­ity. It’s a play which deals with ab­surd, some­times ex­treme and oc­ca­sion­ally far­ci­cal sit­u­a­tions and char­ac­ters.”

It is be­ing di­rected by Richard Shute, with El­iz­a­beth Bloor as Molly.

Suzanne Copeland, from the com­pany, said: “It was Rud­yard Ki­pling in 1911 who wrote ‘the fe­male of the species is more deadly than the male.’

“This is the premise of the play, a satire about celebrity fem­i­nists, with a plot loosely in­spired by a real-life in­ci­dent in 2000, when au­thor Ger­maine Greer was held at gun­point in her own home by a dis­turbed stu­dent.

“Thirty years ago Mar­got Ma­son, pi­o­neer of the 1970’s Women’s Lib­er­a­tion move­ment and fear­less aca­demic, wrote her ground­break­ing work.

“Nu­mer­ous best-sell­ers and in­ter­na­tional adu­la­tion fol­lowed, but now she has writer’s block.

“As she sits in her coun­try house strug­gling with a dead­line, in walks Molly Rivers – stu­dent, ide­al­ist and daugh­ter of one of Mar­got’s most ded­i­cated fol­low­ers. Ini­tially flat­tered, Mar­got is less pleased when Molly hand­cuffs her to the desk and pulls a gun.”

The play runs from Mon­day, March 9 un­til Satur­day, March 14, at the Lit­tle Theatre on Lord Street, Macclesfield.

Tick­ets cost £7 and £9 and are now on sale for sea­son ticket hold­ers. Gen­eral book­ing opens on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 16.

Tick­ets are avail­able at tick­ets@mad­sthe­atre. org or on 01625 611974.

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