29 June – 16 July 2017

What if Women Ruled the World?


Wed 5 – Sat 8 July

Created by Yael Bartana

World premiere


Arriving at a moment of unprecedented worldwide flux, this timely, vital and dramatic new art work ponders one of modern life’s great questions – what if women ruled the world?

At the end of his remarkable film Dr Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick foresaw a post-apocalyptic future in which dominant male leaders would repopulate the Earth, with ten women allocated to every man. Yael Bartana’s groundbreaking film and performance project, created with a team including performance director Vicky Featherstone and writer Abi Morgan, presents the opposite scenario, placing women in charge of a world in desperate need of a new vision.

In a war room, a group of 11 women will be confronted by some of the urgent crises of our time. Each night, a professional cast will be joined on stage by a different group of female experts: scientists, politicians, activists and thinkers of global reputation. Together they will spend the evening trying to solve the global emergency as the clock ticks.

Artist talk:

Yael Bartana is in conversation at 2pm on Saturday July 1 at Halle St Peters. Tickets are £5 via Interdependence or call 0843 208 1840.



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Vicky Featherstone
Performance Director
Abi Morgan
Saygel & Schreiber
Set Design
Jackie Shemesh
Lighting Design
Daniel Meir
Sound Design
Full cast to be announced

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 and Volksbühne Berlin.
Photo: Tristam Kenton