This winter, innovative all-female acrobatic theatre group Mimbre will shine a light on the women of Shakespeare’s plays in a visually enthralling promenade performance staged in the gardens of Shakespeare’s New Place, the site of the Bard’s adult home in Stratford-upon-Avon.
From 11 – 15 December, step into the world of Fierce Sisters as they weave their spell with breathtaking acrobatics, slam poetry and evocative choreography to explore the essence of Shakespeare’s female characters, bursting out of their stories to claim their own space in today’s world. Commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Fierce Sisters is the Trust’s third winter production since New Place re-opened in 2016.
Audiences will be led through the gardens to startling scenes of ambition, strength and passion, each inspired by Shakespeare’s work. Playful interactive stations invite audiences to explore these themes and contribute their thoughts and feelings on how women are interpreted and portrayed, then and now.
Beatrice says all the things a kiss was supposed to silence, with additional witty rants through the flowerbeds. Juliet breaks loose from overbearing parents and conventions in an aerial escape from the balcony, where Romeo doesn’t really figure. Rosalind’s cross-dressing confusion in the dressing room leads to contemporary questions around gender fluidity. Kate (The Shrew) simply refuses to be tamed and battles a storm of misogyny in her own playful way. And Lady Macbeth holds little regrets as she washes the blood away. Beautiful, raw, questioning and funny.
Lina Johansson, artistic director at Mimbre, said, “We are thrilled to be back in Stratford-upon-Avon this winter with another playful take on Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s women get nowhere near enough space in the plays; female representation accounts for less than 16% of the characters and only 17% of the speeches, so with Fierce Sisters we want to push the boundaries to reclaim a bit of space. I am really excited about this performance not only as a celebration of some of Shakespeare’s strongest women, but also as an invitation to ignite conversations between generations.”
Fierce Sisters runs from 11 – 15 December with three performances each evening – 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Tickets: £15 adult, £10 child (suitable for ages 8 and over), £13 concession/SBT Friends, £40 Family (2 adults + 2 children). For more information and ticket bookings, see www.shakespeare.org.uk/fiercesisters.