Rivers of China - Melbourne Theatre Company 1988
by Alma De Groen
Alma de Groen's The Rivers of China declares its feminist revisionism immediately: the play opens with a woman's orgasm, before her loquacious and overeager lover begins reciting Emily Dickenson.
Who knows if it's the play's politics or its poetry that saw it left in the shadows of Australian theatrical history since it was first performed in 1987. Don't Look Away's revival proves it's still just as searching today. Here the medusa of feminist literary theory literally turns her gaze into a weapon as an evolutionary response. Men aren't allowed to be writers: Shakespeare and Shelley are forgotten. Ironically this revenge fantasy traps Mansfield in a healthy male body just as completely as she was trapped in her ailing female one.
Rivers of China MTC - Paul English, Genevieve Picot, Helen Morse, Frank Gallacher, Ian Scott, Lynne Williams, Robert Menzies
Director - Simon Phillips
Designer - Shaun Gurton
Lighting - Jamie Lewis
Stage Manager - Libby Higgin
Playbill / Program Date Nov - Dec 1988 Playhouse Theatre
Size 140 x 220 mm
Condition: Used Good 8/10
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