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Room of One’s Own, A

Synopsis
`A Room of One’s Own’ is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. first published in 1929, and based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in 1928. The premise is that for women to write fiction they need £500 and a room of their own. At one point in the reading Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister, Judith, who was equally gifted with literary genius; the circumstances of the times she argues would have prevented her from exercising that talent.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
7 Jun 1987 at 22:30 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
57 mins

Credits

Director
Patrick Garland
Producer
Bill Shepherd
Cinematographer
Sue Gibson
Cast
Eileen AtkinsVirginia Woolf

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); women; writing; One-Person shows

Notes

History
The production was shown in America on PBS 6 January 1991 at 21:00 in the Masterpiece Theatre series; it is this transmission that is held by the Paley Center for Media.
Awards
Eileen Atkin’s one-woman stage show was an international success, earning Atkins a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance and a special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf.

Production Company

Name

Oyster Television Film Theatre

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Paley Center for Media

Web
http://www.paleycenter.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(212) 621-6600
Address
25 West 52 Street
New York
New York
110019
USA
Notes
Formerly Museum of Television and Radio (MTR). The name changed in 2007.

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