Vault Festival 2016: The Assembly Women

A political comedy about sexual hypocrisy and girls in high places

London’s biggest arts festival is returning: make your way underground for six weeks of creativity, innovation and chaos at Vault Festival. With more than 100 different shows spread across eight incredible venues, you're not going to find anything else like it above or below ground any time soon. Old-school prime minister Darling Campbell is under threat from a new left wing hero. As straight-talking socialist Fabian Blanket ensnares more and more women voters with promises of empowering legislation and respect in the workplace, a change of leadership at the general election looks a dead cert. How can poor old DC hope to steal victory from a man who has 51% of the population in his thrall? Ask his wife, of course… Based on Aristophanes’ satirical comedy, in which a group of dissatisfied politicians’ wives trick the government into surrendering their power to the women of Athens, Cambridge classicist and comedy writer Máirín O’Hagan’s The Assembly Women is set in modern London. In the days where merely wearing your husband’s cloak, and a suitably suave false beard, is not enough to get you in the assembly, women face a far subtler web of discrimination in politics. If consistently higher grades and supposedly open access still leave a substantial deficit in the number of women in government, just what is necessary to get that dainty little foot in the door? The show takes place in the Pit space. Running time is approximately 1 hour.


The Vaults, Launcelot Street, Waterloo

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