ACT is presenting Suffragettes by Paul King in Bradford Town Hall in early 2019.
Suffragettes uses original songs and speeches from the time to tell of the ordinary women who risked all to win the vote. Told from the perspective of lesser known daughter Sylvia Pankhurst it’s a side of the story not always told and not always pleasant. For all that it’s a rollicking play with songs, laughs, and a necessary message at its heart.
Written for a mixed experience ensemble cast, Suffragettes offers good opportunities for seasoned actors and for complete beginners. You can do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. The play can be done with as few as 12 or as many as 30 people. There are gut-wrenching monologues and there are crowd scenes where you can just hide in the crowd and hold a pole. You’ll need to be able to rehearse on the occasional Sunday and the occasional weekday evening, probably Tuesday. You’ll have to be available all Sundays in January with performance currently pencilled for the week at the end of February beginning of March 2019.
We will do our best to make the audition process available to all. If you can’t make an audition but you’d still like to act then we can almost certainly accommodate that
Script is available here
Emmeline Pankhurst. mother
Christabel Pankhurst. daughter
Sylvia Pankhurst. daughter
Adela Pankhurst. daughter
The Pankhurst were posh. Notoriously posh. With the exception of Sylvia they didn’t like lower class people very much.
Norah, a friend of the Pankhursts
Emily Davidson. Cracking role, she’s got some great scenes, both comic and horrific. Really good monologue.
Annie and Florence, two East End ladies
After that we’re into “frankly we’re not too worried about the accuracy” impressions (although, come on, who hasn’t got a comedy Herbert Asquith impression?):
David Lloyd George
and then sundry other politicians of the time, as well as policemen, race goers, protesters, ladies and lots of other reasons to change your hat.
If you’re familiar with Oh What A Lovely War then you’ll recognise the style straight away. If you’ve studied theatre theory then Brecht Epic Theatre Berliner Ensemble Verfremdungseffekt, so if you’re doing any sort of theatre GCSE or A level then this is a brilliant chance to get marks. If you’re not then ignore all that, you don’t need it, the play’s still great fun without all the theory behind it. Think pantomime for grownups.
It’s going to need a strong backstage team, particularly costumes, so if you have any interest in that you can be our new favourite person.
If you’ve any interest in any of this please do contact us