As part of the reinvigoration of The Gulbenkian we wanted visitors to the Cafe-Bar to have a sense of place, a connexion with the building as a home to artistic enterprise.
We recognised that one way to express this was through a rotating display of theatre playbills, which would also act as a showcase for the University's extensive collection.
For our opening exhibition, which spans the foyer and continues up the stairs to the Girl Who Took the Wrong Turning, we selected the 'bad woman dramas', written by Frederick and Walter Melville at the beginning of the last century. These were plays with a strong moral theme, very much suited to the tastes of the day. With our much changed views of the role of women we can now find considerable humour in these representations - we hope you enjoy our selection.
Simon Westerman, Director of Commercial Services, University of Kent
Artwork provided by University of Kent Special Collections