To mark International Women’s Day 2018, Red Raw presents Leftover Women.
Sheng nu, loosely translated as leftover women, is a derogatory term most prominently used in China to describe unmarried women over 27 years old.
The evening will begin with an performance by Li Maizi – one of China’s ‘Feminist Five’ who were arrested and detained for 37 days for campaigning against sexual harassment on International Women’s Day in China in March 2015. Li has never performed in the UK, let alone provided such an intimate view of her experiences of being held in a detention centre. Li will also provide a detailed view of feminist activism in China.
vaChina, a UK-based Chinese feminist group, will then perform excerpts from a play developed in the style of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, in which personal views are shared on gender and sex related issues in Chinese society.
A fierce cabaret featuring contributions from a diverse range of performers and artists will then close the evening.
Hosted by Sophie Cameron.
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