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Her Naked Skin
On from 11 Aug 2008 till 24 Sep 2008
National Theatre
by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Genre(s): New Writing

About: Her Naked Skin

Love is just fear I suppose. Masquerading as a fever. Then you explore each other and suddenly you have licence to become totally pedestrian. And ultimately abusive.

London 1913. Militancy in the Suffragette Movement is at its height. Thousands of women of all classes serve time in Holloway Prison in their fight to gain the vote. Amongst them is Lady Celia Cain who feels trapped by both the policies of the day and the shackles of a frustrating marriage. Inside, she meets a young seamstress, Eve Douglas, and her life spirals into an erotic but dangerous chaos.

Men donít like to see a convoy of women. It unsexes us.

Rebecca Lenkiewiczís Her Naked Skin is set at a crucial moment when, with emancipation almost in sight, women refuse to let the establishment stand in their way. Lesley Manville, last seen in the NTís production
The Alchemist, plays Lady Celia Cain.

Reviews

4 STARS
Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Independent, Time Out

'A great drama about women, by a woman, at the Olivier.'
The Independent

'An outstanding new play...bursting with high-definition performances.'
Daily Telegraph

'Superb tale of lesbian love across the class divide as suffragettes languish in Holloway.'
Evening Standard

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