Dramatised Reading: A Room of One’s Own

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22 August 2014, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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Eileen Atkins,
by Nadav Kander, 2012.
Photo courtesy of Nadav Kander.

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."

Dame Eileen Atkins gives a dramatised reading of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, adapted by Patrick Garland, a performance which has been acclaimed in London, New York, Washington and other cities.

Published in 1929, A Room of One’s Own is based on a series of lectures Woolf was asked to deliver at Newnham and Girton Colleges, Cambridge on the subject of women and writing. Woolf looks back over the preceding centuries when the literary world was completely dominated by men, analysing the reasons why women’s voices did not begin to be heard until around 1800 and why this was a miracle in itself.

Dame Eileen Atkins was born in 1934. She has worked consistently  in theatre, film and television since making professional debut in 1953. She was made a CBE in 1990 and a DBE in 2001. She has won a BAFTA, a Grammy and three Oliviers.  Her abiding fascination with Virginia Woolf has led to several projects. She played Woolf in Vita and Virginia, her two-hander based upon the correspondence between the two women, and also in the Channel 4 series The Modern World: Ten Great Writers (1988). She appeared in The Hours (US/UK, d. Stephen Daldry, 2002), and wrote the screenplay for Mrs Dalloway (d. Marleen Gorris, 1997), which starred Vanessa Redgrave as Woolf’s heroine. Dame Eileen is the Honorary President of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

Presented in partnership with the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

NOTE: Members of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain should apply for tickets through the Society

The Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision Adult Learning Programme is made possible in loving memory of Rosemary Evison. 

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