HOMER’S WOMEN: Readings from and inspired by the Iliad and the Odyssey

Tickets are now available for a new, one-off performance from By Jove Theatre. ***Only a few tickets remain!*** Women in the Iliad often seem to be possessions to be passed around, damsels in distress waiting to be rescued, or victims of war fearing a fate that they cannot control. In the Odyssey, though female characters are slightly more prominent, many of them serve… Read more →

By Jove Book Club: Women and Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

As a feminist classicist, it was only so long before this particular work came up! Mary Beard is perhaps the most well-known classicist in Britain, not just because she’s Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature, but because of her numerous and popular television programmes, radio appearances, and column ‘A… Read more →

Feminist Icons: Lillah McCarthy

In this new regular series, we introduce you to some of By Jove’s Feminist Icons – the women who inspire us in our theatrical work, research, activism, and personal lives. Check back every four weeks for a Who, When, and Why on our heroines!   Who: Lillah McCarthy, actress   When: 1875-1960   Why she’s a feminist icon: Lillah McCarthy was a prominent… Read more →

By Jove Book Club: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Our first two weeks of By Jove Book Club have been non-fiction-heavy. Fear not, those who need a little more escapism: this month, we finally have a novel! Not just a novel, but a historical novel, and, coming off the back of our recent season of shows, no less than a historical novel about an allegedly violent woman. Hannah Kent’s Burial… Read more →

Feature: Precarious Feminisms of Greek Tragedy

On Friday, I saw the production of Suppliant Women at the Young Vic. The show is absolutely stunning: Aeschylus’ 2500-year old story about a group of female migrants seeking asylum in a foreign land, performed with a gut-punching simplicity that Greek tragedy does best. A diverse group of women drawn from the local area made up the chorus, and they… Read more →

Meet By Jove: Wendy Haines

In this interview series, you can get to know the people who make up By Jove Theatre Company. Check back every four weeks to meet another company member! Name: Wendy Haines Joined By Jove: Summer o’ 2012 By Jove role: Literary Manager, Administrator, general organizer of practical stuff. I often stage manage and run technical rehearsals. I’ve written two plays… Read more →