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Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave by Aphra Behn

I’m doing this now because I realised I hadn’t addressed anything from the ‘State of the Nation’ section.

Aphra Behn was a pretty remarkable woman. She was a spy and a playwright, like a 17th century, female, Christopher Marlowe. 238 more words


Play Commentary and Review: the Rover

Although I enjoyed the performance of The Rover, I found it harder to follow than The Taming of the Shrew, probably because I had not read it beforehand. 669 more words

Academic Writing

A WorkbyWomen curriculum (by a partial and prejudiced curator)

In my 2014 WorkbyWomen round-up, I bemoaned the lack of revivals work, which I, correctly or not, attributed to a widespread ignorance of what women had actually… 911 more words


Restoration Women

I watched a fascinating TV show last night presented by the historian Dr Lucy Worsley called Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls… 182 more words

fireWALL Dance Theater's 'Uproar' an Unexpected Holiday Treat

Reviewed by Steve Sucato

For its sophomore effort, fireWALL Dance Theater embarked on a unique project. The resident dance company at Carnegie’s Off the Wall performing-arts center… 442 more words

Pittsburgh City Paper

Vale, Aphra

In her dedication of The Lucky Mistake to “George Greenveil” (George Granville, Baron Lansdowne), published the year of her death, Aphra Behn comments:

…the Obligations I have to you, deserves a greater testimony of my respect, then this little peice, too trivial to bear the honour of your Name, but my increasing Indisposition makes me fear I shall not have many opportunities of this Kind… 715 more words

17th Century

The Lucky Mistake

Atlante was now arriv’d to her thirteenth Year, when her Beauty, which every day increas’d, became the discourse of the whole Town; which had already gain’d her as many Lovers as had beheld her, for none saw her without Languishing for her, or at least but what were in very great Admiration of her, every body talkt of the young and charming Atlante, and all the Noble Men who had Sons (knowing the smallness of her Fortune and the lustre of her Beauty) would send them for fear of their being Charm’d with her, or to some other part of the World, or exhorted them, by way of precaution, to keep out of her sight: Old Bellyuard was one of these Wise Parents, and by a timely prevention as he thought of Rinaldo’s falling in Love with Atlante, perhaps was the occasion of his being so; he had before heard of Atlante and of her Beauty; but it had made no impressions on his Heart, but his Father no sooner forbid him Loving, than he felt a new desire Tormenting him, of seeing this lovely and dangerous Young Person… 4,087 more words