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A century ago in 1918, women over 30 gained the right to vote. In the week of International Women’s Day, Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival showcases the plays written by women specifically to support the cause of women’s suffrage. A cast of actors from Gateshead and the surrounding area perform live extracts from these little-heard plays.
From a factory worker who mistakenly goes to an anti-suffrage meeting and can’t stop herself speaking out, to a titled Lady seeking her friend’s help in writing an anti-suffrage speech only to be constantly interrupted by a stream of highly qualified and articulate women, the plays are funny, touching and surprising. There were over 400 women playwrights in Britain from 1900- 1920 and, in 1908, the Actresses’ Franchise League and Women Writers’ Suffrage League were both formed specifically to help the campaign for votes for women.
Introduced by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough from Durham University, the background to the plays will be discussed by Naomi Paxton a researcher for ‘What Difference Did the War Make? World War One and Votes for Women’, which is part of Parliament’s Vote 100 project. They are joined by Diane Atkinson, the historian, biographer and author of Rise up, Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes.
For your information…
- Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Monday 5 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Monday 19 February.
- Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
- To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
- Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.
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