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Dramatic Progress: Votes for Women and the Edwardian Stage

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Dramatic Progress: Votes for Women and the Edwardian Stage

From 22 October,
Lyttelton Lounge, Open Mon-Sat,
Free

Find out more about the Courage Everywhere programme here


Talks and Events

Activism in the Archives: Finding Stories of Suffrage Theatre, Thu 15 November, 6pm
Women Poets Through the Ages with Allie Esiri, Fri 16 November, 6pm
Exhibition Insight with Curator Naomi Paxton, Sat 17 November, 11.30am
Courage Everywhere Pop-up Sun 18 November, 12-7pm
Hear Her Roar: Where are Women's Voices? Fri 23 November, 5.45pm

Dramatic Progress marks 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which allowed some women in the UK to vote for the first time. This exhibition is curated by Dr Naomi Paxton and highlights how the campaign for Votes for Women was championed by women and men from different professions across the UK, the theatre being no exception. In 1908 two groups of theatre professionals formed to support the cause – the Actresses' Franchise League (AFL) and the Women Writers’ Suffrage League (WWSL). This exhibition celebrates their diverse and exciting creative work for the Edwardian suffrage campaign, and how they helped to share the ideas and language of the movement. Includes filmed extracts of plays from the time, archive materials and images.