- (archaic, transitive) To copulate with (a woman). (archaic, transitive, dialectal ) To cut a crop in a sweeping or rambling manner, hence to reap; cut for harvest. Sex as power in the reign of Elizabeth I. Elizabeth was a political mastermind and monarchic force who reigned supreme for 45 years, and yet she still felt that her power ultimately resided in her beauty. Swive
interrogates the power of aesthetics in gaining and maintaining control in a patriarchy. The power of kings is never predicated on their appearance. In Swive
, Hickson shines candlelight on the savage pressure that women are under to sell themselves on their least interesting quality. If beauty is the key to survival, how do you hold on to what time will take away?Performers Nina Cassells, Abigail Cruttenden, Michael Gould, Colin Tierney.
Author Ella Hickson. Producer Shakespeare's Globe. Director Natalie Abrahami. Costume Sian Harris. Director Anthony Lau (assistant). Music Angus MacRae. Other Prema Mehta (candle consultant). Director Anna Morrissey (movement director). Design Ben Stones. Director Sian Williams (associate movement director). Other Emma Woodvine (voice).