The Spartacus Chetwynd Mime Troupe will present a series of narratives based on the lives of feminists. The mime performance will involve puppet shows, dance and pure expression. The subject matter is the Enlightened Life of Mary Wollstonecraft. Her turbulent romantic life, The Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) through to her daughter Mary Shelly’s inspiration for Frankenstein. The work also refers to the Suffragettes and history of the more radical and militant members of the late 19th and 20th century movement for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom. Also interlaced – sections of the everyday lives of contemporary women living today, for example a story of a female friend nearly killing her flatmates by cooking chick peas late at night, the girl fell asleep and the chick peas burnt to make huge black smoke clouds and fire that catch alight the entire house and engulfed the neigbourhood in a blackened soot metaphor of misery and ineptitude. These lesser sagas are based on (the presentation of contemporary existance) Raymond Carver’s Short Cuts and Patricia Highsmith’s Little Tales of Misogyny.
The Spartacus Chetwynd Mime Troupe includes Spartacus Chetwynd, Brian Moran, Joe Scotland, Urara Tsuchiya and Tjalling Visser.