Actresses and Activists: Staging the struggle for Women's Suffrage | University of Oxford

Actresses and Activists: Staging the struggle for Women's Suffrage

Dr Sos Eltis, Brasenose Colleg
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 13:45
Venue
The Weston Library
Broad Street
OX1 3BG
Event type
Student Gateway
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Theatre was at the heart of the women's suffrage campaign, from three-act plays of seduction and political intrigue, to comic sketches, dialogues, pageants and pastiches. Women took command of the stage to re-write familiar plots, challenge assumptions, inspire and discomfort audiences in theatres and on the streets. This lecture will look at how performance became a key tool in women's campaign for the vote, and how it enabled activists to engage the public in innovative ways that other suffrage writings could not.