‘The Two Marys: A Conversation Piece’ with Sasha Hails as Mary Wollstonecraft, Victoria Ross as Mary Shelley, and music devised and performed by David Chernaik

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Date(s) - 03/07/2013
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Housmans Radical Bookshop


Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Starting Housmans annual ‘London’s Burning Season’ we are proud to present this unique theatrical presentation with cello accompaniment, remembering the lives of two of King’s Cross’s most celebrated daughters, Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley.

This piece was first performed at the National Portrait Gallery, 14 September 1997.

The setting: September 1822, Genoa
Two months after Shelley’s death, Mary Shelley fights off her anguish for the sake of her remaining child. She clings to her books: Shelley’s poems; the works of her father, the philosopher William Godwin; the feminist writings of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, who died shortly after giving birth to her.

In her despair, the young Mary pours her heart out in a letter to an English friend who was her mother’s first pupil. If only she could conjure up her mother from the past, if only she could speak to her for an hour…

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