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Day 217 - Emilia!

1609. I AM EMILIA. WRITER. WIFE. LOVER. MOTHER. MUSE.


'Emilia' took Shakepeare's Globe Theatre by storm in 2018, celebrating women’s voices the world over through the story of a trailblazing, forgotten woman, Emilia Bassano.


400 years ago, Emilia wanted her voice to be heard. In 1611 she penned the words to her ‘Vertuous Reader’ as part of a volume of radical, feminist and subversive poetry. Yet the little we know now of Emilia is restricted to the possibility that she may have been the ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s Sonnets – and the rest of her story has been erased by history. Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s acclaimed play revealed the life of Emilia: writer, wife, lover, mother, muse.


‘Listen to us. Listen to every woman who came before you. Listen to every woman with you now. And listen when I say to you to take the fire as your own. That anger that you feel it is yours and you can use it. We want you to. We need you to. The house that has been built around you is not made of stone. The stakes we have been tied to will not survive if our flames burn bright. If they try to burn you, may your fire be stronger than theirs so you can burn the whole fucking house down. Look how far we’ve come already. Don’t stop now.’


To watch click here. It's online for only 2 weeks from November 10th.



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