This is a rare opportunity to hear Sylvia Plath’s masterpiece, by kind permission of the Plath estate. Sylvia Plath wrote Three Women for radio, a year before her death. It intimately traces the experience of pregnancy and childbirth and speaks with rare honesty about miscarriage and about giving a child up for adoption. It was first published in 1962, performed on BBC radio the same year, and later collected in Winter Trees, Plath’s final collection. Reviewing it in 1972, Joyce Carol Oates declared it the most powerful work in the volume with an “exquisite, heart-breaking quality” that has made Plath ” the spokeswoman for our most private, most helpless nightmares”.
About Live Canon–the ensemble which is performing this work:
Live Canon are an ensemble performing poetry in the English Language (and occasionally bursting into song). Their performances aren’t readings. Live Canon actors learn all the poetry and perform it from memory. Their performances make poetry accessible and visceral; a sublime way to spend an hour. Live Canon performances are often interspersed with live music, featuring newly commissioned a capella settings of many classic poems. A thoroughly enjoyable, unpretentious way to celebrate the richness of poetry written in the English language over the last five hundred years. Live Canon shows are a mixture of old classics you may know and love, and less well known gems we hope may suprise you.
Thursday 14th July, 7.30pm, Bloomsbury Theatre, Book here