Lilith/Kapo-oke – Spring 2019

 

In the light of powerful social movements such as #TimesUp and #MeToo, Giants Theatre Company is proud to present two plays by strong feminist writers – Sabrina Mahfouz, and Jennie Buckman. Parenthood, grief and identity are among the themes explored.

‘If you aint got the womb, you don’t have the right to…’

Sabrina Mahfouz’s play KAPO-OKE is set within the context of the recent UK and USA assaults on abortion rights. Taking place in a Karaoke Bar, the series of powerful spoken-word monologues explore different perspectives on abortion. The result is an anarchic and urgent theatrical experience.

Jennie Buckman’s play LILITH draws on the story of Adam’s first wife who was created from the same earth as him. Considering herself an equal, she refused to take the subservient role in their marriage and is therefore universally villified as a sexually wanton night hag, and baby killer.

It is present day and Lilith works as a hotel room attendant: Adam runs the reception. Gloria and Ed have returned to the room where their daughter Eva was conceived some years earlier. Tragically, she was stillborn. Now, it is Ed’s fortieth birthday, and time to scatter Eva’s ashes. But nothing goes to plan.

The two works will be presented as a double-bill in Spring 2019 . In full production the same actors will perform in both plays, and the design concept, by renowned artist and activist Zoe Buckman, will tie both pieces together.

Lilith was developed in consultation with SANDS (the UK’s foremost stillbirth and neo-natal death society). Giants received funding from the Arts Council for a two-week development period of the work, culminating in a rehearsed reading for invited guests at The Bush Theatre in April 2018.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH OUR FOUR-MINUTE PROMO-VIDEO, WHICH INCLUDES EXTRACTS FROM THE REHEARSED READING AND INTERVIEWS WITH THE PLAYWRIGHTS.

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The Burney Relief, Mesopotamia (1800-1750 BCE). Thought to be a depiction of Lilith, held at the British Museum