Joyce DiDonato and Julie Bindel on Women Behaving Badly

Tom Sutcliffe talks to the director Erica Whyman about a series of plays by the RSC which focus on the idea that 'well behaved women rarely make history'. The historian Helen Castor looks back at the Middle Ages to some of the earliest roaring girls, while the soprano Joyce DiDonato brings alive Mary, Queen of Scots, the tragic hero of Donizetti's opera. The political activist Julie Bindel has been behaving badly since she came out as a lesbian in the 1970s. She looks at what it means to be gay in 2014 and whether the genuine gains that have been achieved in the last forty years have castrated a once-radical social movement.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Erica Whyman

Erica Whyman is Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

 

Midsummer Mischief, the RSC’s new season of plays, runs from 14 June – 12 July at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

Erica Whyman

Julie Bindel

Julie Bindel is a journalist, broadcaster and feminist activist.

 

Straight Expectations: What Does It Mean to Be Gay Today? is published by Guardian Books.

 

Julie Bindel

Helen Castor

Helen Castor is a historian, writer and broadcaster.

 

Joan of Arc: A History will be published in the autumn by Faber & Faber.

 

Helen is presenting a new series of Making History on Radio 4 on Tuesdays at 3.00pm.

 

Helen Castor

Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato is an opera singer.

 

Maria Stuarda is on at the Royal Opera House between 5 and 18 July and will be broadcast on Radio 3 on Monday 14 July at 7.15pm.

 

Joyce DiDonato

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterTom Sutcliffe
Interviewed GuestJulie Bindel
Interviewed GuestHelen Castor
Interviewed GuestJoyce DiDonato
Interviewed GuestErica Whyman
ProducerKaty Hickman