Mary Sharp to Give Talk on 'The Manufactured Woman'

The Arts Society Chiswick's June 2024 Lecture

Dante Gabriel Rossetti “Pandora” 1871

May 23, 2024

Broadcaster and teacher Mary Sharp is to give The Arts Society Chiswick’s next lecture “The Manufactured Woman”.

In Greek legend, Pandora was created with the express purpose of causing trouble to men which, by opening her box, she achieved. This lecture looks at the original sources for the story, draws parallels with both Eve in Genesis and Galatea in Ovid before showing how ballets, operas and plays from Coppelia to My Fair Lady and The Winter’s Tale to Educating Rita have developed the theme of a creation that runs out of control.

Mary Sharp runs her own company 'Opening Up Literature' which offers literature courses for adults including studies of Shakespeare and Creative Writing. Her most popular course is 'Telling Tales’, which explores how writers and artists have reinvented classical stories. Previously she worked at the BBC as a Radio 4 Producer and Commissioning Editor for some of their most popular programmes including: Start the Week and Woman’s Hour.

Olivia Freeman, Chair, The Arts Society Chiswick said, “This is an entertaining lecture where we will learn about the creation of imagined women who don’t behave as expected!”

The talk takes place on Thursday, 13 June at POSK, King Street, Hammersmith.

Doors open at 7pm, as does the private bar. The Arts Society Chiswick AGM will be held before the lecture at 7.45. The Lecture will start at 8pm and guests are very welcome to join us, if possible, by 7:45pm - £10 on the door.

Membership of the Arts Society Chiswick includes ten expert lectures on the second Thursday of every month (except August and December) and the opportunity to participate in tours, visits, social events and Special Interest Days. For more information see the society's web site.

The Arts Society Chiswick brings people together through a shared curiosity for the arts, to create opportunities for everyone to be part of a diverse community in which they can enjoy, learn about, participate in, and preserve the Arts and Cultural Heritage.

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