The gun-slinging, foul-mouthed cowgirl, Calamity Jane, is a legend of the American Wild West. A spinster, a notorious liar and a violent drunk, she lived and dressed like a man in a protofeminist era – yet in her death, unwittingly became a pin-up girl. In 1953, Calamity Jane was given the ultimate makeover – a Hollywood musical starring Doris Day as the soft-hearted cowgirl who uses her feminine charm to rope the man of her dreams.
Calamity explores one wild woman with two wildly different stories. Brought to you by feminist trailblazers The Zoey Louise Moonbeam Dawson Shakespeare Company, Calamity looks at the way difficult women are mythologised – often into palatable perkiness. Part-musical, part-western and part-biography, Calamity speaks to something violent in all of us – the space between who we are and how we want to be remembered.
We have two double passes to give away for the preview performance on 28 May. To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘CALAMITY’ in the subject line.
The Zoey Louise Moonbeam Dawson Shakespeare Company presents
Supported by NEON, MTC’s Festival of Independent Theatre
28 May – 7 June 2015
Lawler Studio, Southbank Theatre,
140 Southbank Boulevard
‘I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.’ Calamity Jane