Votes for Women and other plays

Votes for Women and other plays

ISBN 978-1-906582-01-2
pbk 256 pages

Votes for Women and other plays 

Edited and Introduced by Susan Croft

The astonishing women involved in the Actresses Franchise League set up their own theatre companies and engaged with the battle for the vote by writing and performing campaigning plays all over the country. They launched themselves onto the political stage with their satirical plays, sketches and monologues whilst at the same time challenging the staid conventions of the Edwardian Theatre of the day. The legacy of their inspiring work to change both theatre and society has survived in the political theatre, agit-prop and verbatim theatre we know today.

Introduced and set in an historical context by Dr Susan Croft together with a chronology of suffrage drama.

The Plays:

How the Vote was Won by Cicely Hamilton and Chris St. John
The Apple by Inez Bensusan
Jim's Leg by L.S. Phibbs
Votes for women by Elizabeth Robins
At the Gates by Alice Chapin
In the Workhouse by Margaret Wynne Nevinson
A Change of Tenant by Helen Margaret Nightingale


Susan Croft is a writer, curator, dramaturg, arts/performance archive consultant and historian with special interests in women playwrights, black and Asian theatre in Britain, live art and new writing for performance, as well as alternative theatre generally. From 1997 to 2005 she was the Curator of Contemporary Performance at the Theatre Museum in London. Her work includes: Classic Plays by Women (Aurora Metro Bookd, 2010); Votes for Women and other plays (Aurora Metro Books, 2009) and She Also Wrote Plays (Faber & Faber, 2001). Art, Theatre and Women’s Suffrage, written jointly with Irene Cockroft was published by Aurora Metro Books in 2010.



Price: £12.99

Loading Updating cart...