Cabinet of Curiosities: Did you Get That From Your Mother?

Dates and Times

Fri 17 March at 9pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10 (conc)

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Presented by Edythe Woolley


Welcome to the wonder rooms, a living cabinet of curiosities… 

Here, Victorian velvet décor clashes with a desire for plastic, shiny new things. Shiny breasts and button bottoms, plastic faces frozen to perfect pouts. Designer vagina surgeons come into conversation with the most ancient female exhibitionist Sheela-Na Gig whose vulva is carved from stone. This is a live exhibition of the cabinet of curiosities, where one body takes many curious forms. A mini historic romp through the female form grotesquely squeezed into cabinets and jars displayed for all who wish to see. 

Did You Get That from Your Mother? is a multi-media work – part installation, part performance – which offers an unusual and extraordinary showcase of popular objects or phenomena associated with femininity, beauty, domesticity and female sexuality throughout time. From Victorian décor to vintage Hollywood glamour and our present day consumerist desires, Edythe Woolley exhibits herself as a visually stimulating, bizarre and at the same time engaging “living exhibition”. Using grotesque and surreal imagery, she reveals an inexplicable human form that defies categorization and dichotomous constructions. As the show moves through each “showcase”, a new sculpture is created in the space, leaving a physical trace of the previous action.

A first version of this project was produced for SPILL Festival in 2016 and will now be hosted in theatres and museums around the UK. Did You Get That from Your Mother? is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Image credit – Tom Vaughan-Mounford  Jason Haye

About the artist:

Edythe Woolley’s work is feminist, provocative and strikingly visceral. She explores the grotesque through surreal and vivid elements, sculptural protrusions and physical representation. Her work embraces taboos and pushes the boundaries of society’s gendered constructions.

Edythe Woolley studied Drama at Queen Mary University (London) and Fine Art at Camberwell College (London). She has shown her work at SPILL Festival of Performance (Ipswich, 2016), And What? Queer Arts Festival (London, 2016), Latitude Festival (Suffolk, 2016), Knickerbocker (London, 2016), Deep Trash (London, 2015), Steakhouse Live (2015), Live Art Bistro (Leeds, 2015) and at The Peopling the Palace(s) Festival (Queen Mary University, 2015). She is the co-founder of Low Stakes Festival (London, 2017). Her drag personas “Lady Vag” and “Manley Stanley” have been performed in various cabaret and queer venues across the UK.




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