Staging Suffrage: Queer Feminist Performanceevent Thu 15 Nov 2018, 15:00 – 16:30
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Exeter EX4 3RX
- Free entry - please register in advance
In 1909, as the campaign for women’s suffrage in Britain became increasingly militant, dramatist Cicely Hamilton wrote The Pageant of Great Women to help spread the feminist message. The spectacular play was subsequently performed under the direction of bisexual theatremaker Edith Craig. Actors included Craig’s partner, the Exeter-born lesbian and genderqueer author Christopher St John.
Through performed readings, this event will allow participants to meet some of the ‘great women’ of history originally brought to life by suffrage activists in the early twentieth century. There will be an opportunity to learn more about the play, explore the connections between the fight for suffrage and LGBTQ+ history, debate what feminist activism and history mean to us today and engage creatively with these issues.
The event is led by Natalie McGrath (Dreadnought South West) and Dr Jana Funke (University of Exeter).
This event is part of the Being Human festival. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is a national festival promoting public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.
This event is free but advance booking is essential.