From Classical Greece through to Shakespeare and beyond, restrictions on women appearing in the theatre have resulted in men taking female parts in plays.
What did this cross-dressing mean to those who performed these roles, and to those who watched them. Has the theatre always been gay? Or trans?
Cheryl Morgan takes us on a tour of some of the queerest moments of theatre, including some of the latest research about the people who played female roles for Shakespeare.
Image: Actor Segawa Kikunojō III as Fox Ōkiku, 1782 by Katsukawa Shunshō (1726-1793).
Speaker: Cheryl Morgan is a self-confessed ‘trans history geek’ and a regular speaker on the LGBTQ+ History Month circuit.
This is one of several partnership events with Outstories Bristol for LGBTQ+ History Month 2022.
How to take part
This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 5pm on Thursday 24 February.
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