Bishopsgate Institute x Guildhall School: Ms Midlife

  • 7pm
Four headshots of smiling women
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Booking required | In-person
£12 / £24 pay-it-forward / £6 concessions
Bishopsgate Institute, London EC2M 4QH

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Bishopsgate Institute and Guildhall School present a modern beauty pageant of the beautiful women who find themselves facing the challenges that ‘middle age’ brings.

Join our lovely midlife ladies as they wow you with their perimenopausal beauty, astonishing acts of multitasking, weight lifting the heavy ‘mental load’ to compete for the ultimate prize and be crowned Ms Midlife.

You will witness the glory and wonder of what women actually get up to once they get beyond 40, hit that glass ceiling, try to juggle household upkeep and get that World Book Day costume ready whilst brain fog threatens to sabotage their very existence.

Inspired by Bishopsgate Institute’s archives from the Wages for Housework movement and the Velvet Fist Women’s Choir, we will sing, perform and dance (joint-pain allowing) our way through the Ms Midlife rounds.

You will meet our beauty pageant entrants Ms Perimenopause, Ms ‘Just A Mum’ and more, while our swimwear category will be inspired by the Kenwood Ladies Pond Association, a tribute to wild swimming. If you didn’t already know, it’s very good for keeping those hot flushes under control.

A pageant of women as workers and mothers whilst showing we are viable, sexy, beautiful and strong.

Who will you crown as ‘Ms Midlife’?

Presented as part of Guildhall School X Bishopsgate Institute


Event Age Guidance

Bishopsgate events are designed for an adult audience. Their special collections and archives, which feature heavily in the programme, may include explicit content. With prior permission, under-18s may attend this event, but only if accompanied by an adult at all times. 

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