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By Erika Block, Gabriele Griffin, Julie Wilkinson

In pointing to the way girls were traditionally represented (or omitted altogether) and the truth of women's lives, feminist functionality makes the histories, lives and wishes of girls noticeable, as this quantity of performs from the Nineteen Nineties goals to demonstrate. historic concentration is shared via all 3 performs during this quantity, as is the stylistic problem which they provide to the ''malestream'' model of historical past. In ''Walking on Peas'', Erika Bloch takes the ''hidden'', unknown old lives of ladies who cross-dressed and joined the military as its topic. Foursight Theatre has made taking a look at background via ''the eyes of girls resembling Eva Braun, Pope Joan, Mae West and Ulrike Meinhof'' a key concentration in their paintings. Their workforce devised a one-act play on Mary Tudor and Queen Elizabeth I, ''Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen''. Julie Wilkinson's ''Mrs. Beeton's heritage of the World'' fuses the ''great'' and the ''ordinary'' by means of representing Mrs Beeton in juxtaposition with the determine of her working-clas maid, Caroline.

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BUNK: Please, Djamal. Just do as I ask. ) I don’t understand this, Isaiah. He tries to bandage Bunk’s leg but can’t figure out where the wounds are. Bunk is biting back his pain. Djamal, frustrated, suddenly tears open Bunk’s trousers. Bunk screams, almost in a new voice. Djamal starts to laugh. BUNK: Damn you. I’m still your commanding officer. DJAMAL: Yes sir. BUNK: I can’t go to a hospital. DJAMAL: All right. But there’s metal in your…groin. BUNK: I know. Will you help me get it out? DJAMAL: I don’t think I can.

But there’s metal in your…groin. BUNK: I know. Will you help me get it out? DJAMAL: I don’t think I can. BUNK: What’s the matter? Haven’t you ever seen a woman before? ) I can’t do it myself. ) Have you no compassion? DJAMAL: IsaiahBUNK: Lieutenant. DJAMAL: Lieutenant. How long have…? I’m not a surgeon. BUNK: I don’t need a surgeon. I need a friend with a knife. DJAMAL: I want to show you something. BUNK: I’m losing blood, Djamal. Djamal unbuttons his jacket, revealing Dadeshkeliani’s top. BUNK: I am not delirious.

I don’t know anything about women. Except what men know. I’ve forgotten what I used to be…I don’t even like women. I’ve been wondering why they always fall for me. DADESHKELIANI: So have I. Helja resumes singing and takes a skirt from her box. She puts it on. She stops singing. BUNK: We could be friends, you know. DADESHKELIANI: Did you like me in Savannah? BUNK: I’m always more comfortable with men. DADESHKELIANI: And Djamal? BUNK: I’m in love with him. I told you that. DADESHKELIANI: I’m not him.

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