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James Tiptree jr was an American science-fiction writer who took 'his' name from a jar of Marmalade. Or was he? 'Tip' (as he was known to his friends) worked for the CIA, travelled extensively, wrote hard sci-fi and was considered 'ineluctably masculine' by Robert Silverberg. But, in reality, he was Alice Sheldon – a 61-year-old woman, living quietly with her husband in Virginia.


Jenny Rowe tells the remarkable story of Alli Sheldon. Alli pushed the boundaries of what was expected of women and women SF writers in the 1960s & 70s, despite fighting depression, gender inequality and struggling with her own sexuality.


Some found her frustrating and difficult; many more – including writers Ursula K LeGuin and Joanna Russ - loved her. For twenty years, she wrote compelling, horrifying and beautiful stories, but the death of her mother changed everything.


What happens when your secret is out, but it’s only the signature that’s changed? Jenny Rowe is an actor/improviser and writer who grew up in the jam-making village of Tiptree.




“Rowe writes with wit about suffering, empathy, gender and desire” ★★★★ (Broadwaybaby)


“The phrasing and language of the text is delicious and, whilst theatrical flourish is minimal, there wasn’t a moment when my attention wavered” (Fringereview) 


Duration: 60 mins

Age suitability: 16 +

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Headgate Theatre (Rehearsal Room)


Friday 22nd May / 21:00pm

Sunday 24th May / 16:00pm

Monday 25th May / 18:00pm