By God, if women had written stories
As clerks have in their studies
They would have written more of men’s wickedness
Than all the mark of Adam might redress.
(Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath’s Prologue).
Storyteller and academic Daisy Black presents indecorous assortment of medieval tales from around Europe about women who gain the upper hand – or, occasionally, the upper arse.
These are stories of sex, of disguise and deception, of arse-kissing, and of women finding creative, naughty and cunning ways to overcome the restrictions placed upon them by their gender and class.
Interlacing medieval fabliaux and romance with bawdy folk songs, this one-woman performance pays homage to literature’s original ‘nasty women’.
The performance lasts for one hour and is suitable for ages 16 and up.