The Town Hall Affair
The Wooster Group
21 - 24 June 2018 / 19:45, 14:00, 16:00
based on the film Town Bloody Hall by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker
Barbican Members Plus: Thu 18 May, 10am
Barbican Members: Fri 19 May, 10am
Public Booking: Tue 23 May, 10am
From New York’s iconic theatre group comes a ‘timely and time-bending mixed-media piece’ (New York Times), channelling a raucous 1971 debate on women’s liberation that still reverberates today.
In front of an audience of literary heavyweights gathered at New York’s Town Hall, pugnacious American novelist Norman Mailer squares up against a panel of prominent feminist advocates including Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston and Diana Trilling. The occasion is captured in the documentary Town Bloody Hall.
The Town Hall Affair, directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, features extended clips from the film and revisits that explosive night with Ari Fliakos, Greg Mehrten, Scott Shepherd, Maura Tierney and Kate Valk playing the real-life participants onstage. Layered with additional text and footage, The Town Hall Affair draws on experimental techniques to delve into the revolutionary fervour of 1970s’ feminist thinking, and lets us consider who we were then and who we have become.
Part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.
1 hour 5 mins/no interval
Age guidance 14+
22 June 2018
Free to same-day ticket holders