Edge Hill University Performing Arts students perform The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker at Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool on Tuesday 15th December, 8pm and Wednesday 16th December, 2pm.
Male Chorus: “What is a myth? The oblique image of an unwanted truth, reverberating through time”.
The myth is of Tereus, a king who rapes his wife’s sister and then cuts out her tongue to prevent her incriminating him. The sisters finally share the truth and murder his son in revenge.
The play is set against a backdrop of war and colonization. Rape is viewed from a feminist perspective as a tool of patriarchy used to claim and colonize women’s bodies. Violent crimes both, the mutilation, in which the man finally controls a woman’s voice is simply the logical extension of the rape in which he controls her body.
And then the infanticide: a viciously cruel and inhuman reaction against an innocent or the use of the only power left to the two women to make a stand against their subjugation? Don’t expect easy answers or a convenient moral.
Tickets are priced at £6 adults and £4 concessions, available from the Rose Theatre Box Office at Edge Hill University (01695 584480) and on the day at the Contemporary Urban Centre, subject to availability. The performance is directed by James MacPherson.
The Performing Arts Department at Edge Hill University offers courses in Drama, Dance, Physical Theatre, Visual Theatre, Music and Sound and Design for Performance. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/performingarts.