“Shield Maiden” uses history to reveal contemporary gender issues

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      Someone called this show “sinfully delicious,” and if that’s not reason enough to go, I’m not sure what is.

      Coming to New West’s Anvil Theatre for one night only, Shield Maiden is a one-woman show written and starring Melanie Teichroeb.

      Disquieting, funny, and ultimately empowering, Shield Maiden sees Teichroeb act as Garrison Commander Ingrid Larsdottir, a 10th century viking woman who struggles to find new recruits, all the while unpacking her own demons and discovering her strength. Undeniably a feminist tale, this show—which David Warburton, executive director of Nanaimo’s Port Theatre, called “a sinfully delicious, in-your-face, badass comedy”—uses history to tell a very modern story of gender expectation and equity.

      Shield Maiden

      December 16, 7:30pm

      Where: Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster

      Tickets: Available online