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.

Date:            3 May 2018, 7:45pm

Location:     Glendinning Lecture Theatre, 2D67 UWE Frenchay Campus

For free tickets, please register here.

We will be collecting donations for Refugee Women of Bristol.

Any branch members who would like to help on the night will be most welcome! Please contact

To find the Glendinning Theatre, follow signs to the Library. The Glendinning Lecture Theatre is located on level 2 of D Block, behind the main Library. There will be signs to direct you to the theatre.

Free parking will be available from 5pm. The closest car park to the Glendinning Theatre is the Visitors’ Car Park beside X Block (Bristol Business School) and this is accessed from the North Entrance on the A4174 ring road. Car parks 1, 2 and 3 can be accessed from the East Entrance on Coldharbour Lane. A Frenchay Campus map is available here (car parks and D Block circled).

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)


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