As part of a two-day digital academic conference, ‘Adventurous Wives in the Long Eighteenth Century’, we host an online performance of Lady in a Veil, a one woman-show written and performed by Georgina Lock in the character of the travel writer and female wit Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.
In 1717, aged 27, Lady Mary set out across Europe for Turkey as the British Ambassador’s wife. In Constantinople, she visited harems and trialled the Turkish method of smallpox inoculation on her only son before championing it in England.
In 1742, we meet her in Turin. She is aged 52 and travelling again, seeking emotional satisfaction… and Count Francesco Algarotti.
Dr Georgina Lock combines writing, acting and directing with research into the eighteenth century – particularly its women. Lady in a Veil builds on her chapter “Performance and Performing in Lady Mary’s letters from Istanbul” in Britain and the Muslim World (ed. Gerald Maclean) and her blog “Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; Nottingham’s First Rebel Writer.
The show, live on Zoom, lasts 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. Please select ‘Lady in a Veil only’ when booking your ticket.