A dramatized reading and introduction to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s acclaimed feminist short story published in New England, USA in 1892.
This will be preceded by a private view of the Kehinde Wiley exhibition from 18.30, including a glass of wine/soft drink. 'The Yellow Wallpaper is a work of literary fiction that explores the contours of femininity and insanity. This exhibition seeks to use the language of the decorative to reconcile blackness, gender, and a beautiful and terrible past.’ — Kehinde Wiley Actors from Waltham Forest Drama group will present a dramatised reading in costume of this semi-autobiographical tale which sees Gilman's narrator confined to her bedroom after being diagnosed with hysteria and explores the disastrous consequences of denying women independence.
The story describes a young woman and her well-meaning but toxic husband, who imposes a rest cure on her after she suffers "temporary nervous depression" after the birth of their baby. Confined to the upstairs nursery of rented old colonial mansion, she starts to see visions within the patterns of the wallpaper. Gilman used her writing to explore the role of women in America during the late 1800s and early 1900s. She expanded upon many issues such as the lack of a life outside the home and the oppressive forces of the patriarchal society.
Through her work, Gilman paved the way for writers such as Alice Walker and Sylvia Plath. The performance will be preceded by an introduction to the context of the novel and afterwards there will be an opportunity for discussion.