If what we learn in schoolbooks is that in history, women appear as side figures. This is not the case with Samantha Baines. Narrating the stories of three forgotten women of science, Samantha engages us in a funny time travel.
There is the first woman to receive a patent, creating genial inventions for everyday problems. There is the female that dreamt to become a pilot, building with crazy inventiveness her own plane. And there is her who, being the first LGBT astronaut, struggled to make public her sexuality even in the eighties.
Samantha bring to life these inspiring figures with witty and cutting lines. In a clever mix of different tones, between the poetry performances and the historic narrations, she can make us laugh with spontaneity. Unforgettable is the story of those women as her way of performing it.
We can't help but laugh when she also recalls what her dad has taught her to defend herself from harassment. Kung Fu fighting is mixed with a resourceful use of your keys, but only if you can find them in your bag.
The poetry corner is the place where she, with a poetry scarf and the right atmosphere, ironically summarize what we have learnt from these amazing women. Even inspiring genius have dealt with tampons problems, skirts and gratuitous sexist comments. However, they fought their battle, in court, on a plane and in space. They have achieved the impossible and beyond.
Let's not forget that! We'll bring with us a piece of these stories and of her witty performance.
1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines is performing at the Pleasance Courtyard at 15:30 (6-14, 16-28 August).