This autumn Hickson turns her talents to Elizabethan history, in new play exploring the relationship between power and sex during the regin of Elizabeth I. Swive [Elizabeth] premieres at The Globe's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as part of a season themed around feminism.
Taking its title from an archaic word with a dual meaning (to copulate with a woman or to cut a crop), the play explores examines the monarch's 45 year reign. Despite skills in political negotiations, the queen still felt that her power over the court and kingdom stemmed from her looks. Hickson delves into a belief that still runs deep hundreds of years later, asking whether beauty and sex equate to power. And what happens when that aesthetic appeal inevitably begins to fade?
Swive promises to shine a spotlight (or, due to the pared-back staging at the Sam Wanamaker, a candlelight) 'on the savage pressure that women are under to sell themselves on their least interesting quality'.
Natalie Abrahami, who worked with Hickson to create immersive diurnal sound design ANNA at the National Theatre, will direct this world premiere. Instead of technological feats, look forward to potent new writing staged in the traditional Jacobean setting of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Public booking for Swive at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opens from 10am on 22 July.
|What||Swive, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse|
|Where||The Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||London Bridge (underground)|
06 Dec 19 – 15 Feb 20, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£10 - £20|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|