Playwrights Winsome Pinnock and Sabrina Mahfouz are among writers who will create a series of performances celebrating history’s underrepresented female figures, as part of the Globe’s 2020 season.
Curated by Globe associate artist Athena Stevens, Notes to the Forgotten She-Wolves will see 20 writers spotlight the life and work of women who have “been neglected or wrongly remembered”.
Women’s Equality party co-founders Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer, and actor and playwright Stevens are among the confirmed writers who will create pieces to be performed across five nights. The first show opens at the end of January, with more performances in mid-February.
The writers will explore the lives of women including the American aviator Bessie Coleman, playwright and poet Aphra Behn, palaeontologist Mary Anning and writer and television presenter Paula Yates.
Actor and drag king Lucy Jane Parkinson will perform writer Sarah Grange’s piece on Moll Frith. Kae Alexander, Fiona Button and Saida Ahmed will also be performing in the series.
Actor and writer Jenet Le Lacheur, who will be writing and performing a piece on palaeontologist Anning, said: “There’s a great propensity in history to erase those who aren’t in the status quo and aren’t in positions of power, so it’s incredibly important to find stories like this and to present them in a collective way.
“It brings home just how much history forgets, and how easy it is to fall into a trap of thinking history is gospel.”
The event is part of a double bill of one-off performances at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, which includes a performance of Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell my Daughter about Men by Lorien Haynes, starring Jason Issacs. It will be directed by Tara Fitzgerald and play for one night on February 20.
Notes to the Forgotten She-Wolves will run from January 29 to 31, and February 18 to 19.