Judith Shakespeare

What if William Shakespeare had a sister, with equal poetic talent in Elizabethan times? Virginia Woolf asks and answers this question in her seminal feminist text, A Room of One’s Own by introducing the fictional character, Judith Shakespeare.  The artist brings Judith Shakespeare into 2016 using a carnivalesque aesthetic with it’s humor and chaos, to explore the wrestle for a ‘room of ones own’ for a female artist. With the artist reading the text as a protest piece, numerous performance pieces have been carried out in public places over the course of the year. 

"Shakespeare's sister will put on the body which she has so often laid down. Drawing her life from the lives of the unknown who were her forerunners...she will be born. I maintain that she would come if we worked for her, and that so to work, even in poverty and obscurity, is worthwhile."

 

Virginia Woolf A Room Of One's Own.