The Narrow World
HD Video, 20 minutes
Artists: Melanie Wilson, Gemma Riggs

The Narrow World is an interdisciplinary film work made in collaboration with women in Tunis, Tunisia.

Taking Shakespeare’s male speeches as its source material, the piece creates a female expression that both presents and questions ideas of self-determination and authority. Working with professional and amateur female performers in Tunisia the work explores a selection of Shakespeare’s male speeches which form the content of a series of short films. The project combines film, live performance, sound and music to create a highly crafted female re-appropriation of heroism and the power of language.

Somerset House, London, part of The Situation Room by Fuel. December 2016
British Council, Nairobi, Kenya. April 2016


The Narrow World was conceptualised by Will Duke and Melanie Wilson and supported by the British Council for Shakespeare Re-worked.