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Knickerbocker Glories – a selection of one-act suffragette comedies
May 3 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
This year is the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which introduced the right to vote for men over 21 and some women. It was an important step towards universal suffrage some 10 years later and a defining moment in our political history.
In an age before electronic media, the theatre was of huge importance to the suffrage campaign. The award-winning Street Theatre Company have put together a series of short pieces, selected from works written in the early 1900s for the Actresses Franchise League which were revived in 2010 by performer-writer-researcher Dr Naomi Paxton, under the name “Knickerbocker Glories”.
UNISON are marking the centenary by bringing the show to Bristol for a special performance at UWE.
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We will be collecting donations for Refugee Women of Bristol.
Four short Suffragist plays come to UWE Bristol.
Selected from works created for and by the Actresses Franchise League 1908–1913, they were revived by Naomi Paxton in 2010 as Knickerbocker Glories. These plays provide a glimpse into the period’s theatre styles and reveal the complexity of opinions during the struggle for equal representation.
How The Vote Was Won (45 mins)
Chaos ensues when Horace’s female relations arrive at Horace and Ethel’s London home on the day of a general women’s strike.
Pot and Kettle (15 mins)
A young lady returns home in great distress having assaulted a suffragette who was sitting near her at an anti-suffragist meeting.
Miss Appleyard’s Awakening (15 mins)
An anti-suffragist campaigner collecting signatures for a petition finds herself in the home of a sympathiser
The Mother’s Meeting (monologue, 5 mins)