Written for Virginia Woolf's intimate friend, the charismati c, bisexual writer Vita Sackville-West, Orlando is a playful mock 'biography' of a chameleon-like historical figu re who changes sex and identity at will. First masculine, th en feminine, Orlando begins life as a young sixteenth-centur y nobleman, then gallops through three centuries to end up a s a woman writer in Virginia Woolf's own time.
A wry commentary on gender roles and modes of history, Or lando is also, in Woolf's own words, a light-hearted 'wr iter's holiday' which delights in its ambiguity and capricio usness.Running time approx. 3 hours.
- Publication Date:
- 16 / 10 / 2000