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SUN 12 MAR 2017 – 2:30pm

SOLOMON & SHEBA, by SALLY POMME CLAYTON

 

Provoking, seductive, and a virgin, the Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon to test his wisdom. Riddles, tricks, lust and foolishness ensue, as they unravel each others’ histories. Sheba has a bird’s claw and hairy legs and Solomon falls passionately in love with her. As his attempts to seduce her get increasingly desperate, he loses his wisdom and his throne, before the secret of Sheba’s virginity is finally revealed.

Sally Pomme Clayton snips and clips stories of this royal duo from Sumerian, Hebrew, Christian and Islamic traditions, tracing Sheba’s ancestry back through medieval folklore to Adam’s first wife, the Queen of the Night, and forward to nursery tales of Mother Goose. This is a rare gem, by turn sacred, profane, poetic and comedic…

‘She delights in subverting her audiences expectations’ The Independent

‘She is a dream-weaver, a spell-binder’ Londonist

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Programmed as part of HeForShe Arts Week

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