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6 June 2018 - 8 June 2018

The Mammaries of Tiresias

Presented By Final-year Drama students

About this event

Come along and see the final-year Drama students' assessment piece. A comedic musical piece of theatre that explores gender roles and gender fluidity. With music, movement and bawdy humour, the performance explores a world created that is everywhere and no-where. Can you learn something from a story such as this? Can a woman and a man play alternate roles? Can you forget everything you think you know about the outside world? There’s only one way to find out!

This performance is set simultaneously in the East African region of Zanzibar and the French city of Paris and aims to challenge your conceptions of the world you think you know. The musical comedy (adapted from a French opera) looks at a period in the lives of Tiresias and her husband, and mockingly questions the gender stereotypes that we hold to be true in the modern world. Through the use of music, movement and bawdy humour we see Tiresias challenge the professions acceptable for a female, and The Husband birth 40,000 children in one day…miraculous, we know. Gender fluidity is explored in a utopia of sorts wherein the audience is taken everywhere and nowhere, through all of time, and in no set time at all. It’s a thought-provoking piece of theatre which is sure to make you question the world around you.