Cleopatra, How Sharp the Serpent’s Tooth
Janina Birtolo continues her exploration of the lives of fascinating historical women with How Sharp the Serpent’s Tooth, an original one-woman play about Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen who gave rise to innumerable stories of romance and intrigue.
The last of the Ptolemy rulers, Cleopatra was educated, brilliant and beautiful. She was also willing to do what she deemed necessary to retain her kingdom. History has painted her as a woman who wielded sex as a weapon and also as the reason for Mark Antony’s downfall. Hollywood reinterpreted Cleopatra as a kohl-rim-eyed beauty rolled in a rug. Posters have confused her with Nefertiti.
So who was Cleopatra? And why has her story captivated people through the ages? The existing record seems to trigger more questions than concrete answers, but, if one looks beyond the surface, an image takes shape – an image of a strong, proud, intelligent and ruthless woman who knew how to lead.
Fully costumed, How Sharp the Serpent’s Tooth is a lesson in history and misconceptions, leadership and totalitarianism.
Written by and Featuring: Janina Birtolo
Doors open at 11:30 am