In 1953 a man wrote a play about waiting.
In 1988 he sued five women for trying to perform it.
In 2001 Madonna released What It Feels Like for a Girl.
It’s 2023 and we’re still waiting.
Since Beckett wrote Waiting for Godot, he and his estate have notoriously challenged – often legally – non-male companies that wish to perform it. Silent Faces return with their trademark style of playful and political physical theatre, in a whip-smart interrogation of authorial copyright, gender barriers in the arts and the cultural significance of Madonna’s 1989 album, Like a Prayer. Samuel Beckett? thank u… next.
Godot is a Woman ran at the Pleasance London in 2021 to rapturous audiences and critical acclaim before transferring to the Pleasance at Edinburgh Fringe in 2022, where the show enjoyed sold-out audiences, award nominations and multiple 5-star reviews.
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ Broadway World
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ Reviews Hub
★★★★★ Feminist Fringe
★★★★★ Fringe Biscuit
Featured in The Guardian’s 20 theatre, comedy and dance shows you shouldn’t miss at Edinburgh Fringe 2022
Shortlisted for the Popcorn New Writing Award 2022 in association with BBC Writersroom
As heard on The Guilty Feminist podcast with Deborah Frances-White and Radio 4’s Roleplay
Post-show discussion and Q&A
Providing vital representation for women and the LGBTQIA+ community, Godot is a Woman platforms female and trans people on stage, in a time when female and trans bodies and identities are heavily politicised.
With Silent Faces’ Jack Wakely (they/them), Cordelia Stevenson (she/her) and Josie Underwood (she/her) – joined where possible by invited guests and experts in gender studies – this post-show discussion will provide a safe space for q&a and to discuss and reflect on Silent Faces’ practice, collaborative making process and the themes explored within the show.
Free of charge to all those with a valid ticket to a performance of Godot is a Woman. Silent Faces are committed to accessibility and safeguarding. Attendees will be invited to submit their questions digitally via an online platform in the 10 minute break between the show and Q&A.
Audio Introduction for blind and partially sighted audiences by Audio Description Association
Part of the Audio Description Association’s nationwide pilot scheme, these specially curated audio intro notes for Godot is a Woman are provided as an alternative for when full audio description is not available. The audio intro is provided free of charge via Youtube and aims to improve accessibility for blind & partially sighted audiences. Please note that, as Godot is a Woman has frequent periods without dialogue, some of the action is pre-described here, which inevitably includes spoilers!
Further information on the ADA can be found here: www.audiodescription.co.uk
- RUNNING TIME70 mins
- AGE RECOMMENDATION14+
- TICKETS£16 / £14
- VENUEFactory Theatre
Sensory warnings: contains haze and flashing lights. A walnut is eaten on stage during the course of the show.
Fri 30 June Post-show discussion and Q+A
BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
Fri 30 June 8pm