West End actress appears at Ropery Hall

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A star of the West End, theatre and film, Linda Marlowe, is bringing her one-woman show based on the poetry of the first female Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall.

The World’s Wife, which achieved critical acclaim following its premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, examined the stories of the great women behind some of history’s greatest man, both real and imagined.

Adapted from a selection of Carol Ann Duffy’s poems, the The World’s Wife examines the stories of the great women behind some of history’s greatest men, both real and imagined.

“The poems are written as monologues in the first person and they were crying out to be done in the theatre,” explained Linda who is perhaps best known for her collaborations with the actor, director and writer, Steven Berkoff.

The poems are based on the lives of the wives of famous people through history but there are also fictitious renderings such as Queen Kong. There are also poems about the Kray sisters, Myra Hindley and various mythical Greek figures like Mrs Midas.

By her own admission there is a feminist aspect to The World’s Wife but Linda is quick to point out it doesn’t come over as heavy feminism on stage.

“Carol Ann Duffy has a wonderful ability to, with humour, look at the idea that women haven’t had a voice through history but if they had of, this is how they would have reacted to their situation,” continued Linda.

The show is on Thursday, September 16, and starts at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door.  Students are able to buy their tickets at the special price of £5.

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