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The Convent of Pleasure

The Convent of Pleasure

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  • Wed 6 Jun ’12, 7:30pm
  • Thu 7 Jun ’12, 7:30pm
  • Fri 8 Jun ’12, 7:30pm
  • Sat 9 Jun ’12, 7:30pm


Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission (cash only): $10.00

By Margaret Cavendish
Directed by Gaye Poole

What do you do if you’re a rich, attractive, young woman who can clearly see that heterosexual love and marriage is nothing more than a trap, guaranteed to make you some man’s slave? If you’re Lady Happy, in Margaret Cavendish’s The Convent of Pleasure, it will involve subverting the dominant order and setting up your own self-sufficient, all female utopia, strictly no men allowed. Only, will her convent wall really be able to keep them out and what are the ladies getting up to while left to their own devices? A chance to see a seldom performed seventeenth-century extravaganza revolving around gender issues and the battle of the sexes, with just a little cross-dressing thrown in for good measure.

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