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Lady Connie and the Suffragettes

February 26, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

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This new play explores Lady Constance Lytton’s unique role in the Suffragette Movement, her privileged background and her development into one of the suffragettes’ heroic icons. The nuances and drama of a life torn between the private and the public, love and duty, family and cause are drawn from Constance Lytton’s own writings in her letters, diaries and her book Prisons and Prisoners.

Constance Lytton struggles with the frustrations and constrictions of life as “an upper-class, financially dependent, useless, congenitally shy spinster” and the fluctuations of an achingly sad love affair. Determined to expose the double standards and barbaric treatment committed against the suffragettes, she put herself at immense personal risk with devastating consequences.

Lyndsey Jenkins, who will be giving a short talk immediately prior to the performance, is a writer, biographer and historian of the British women’s movement, currently studying for her doctorate at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford. Her book, Lady Constance Lytton: Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr (2015) was shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography prize and named one of the biographies of the year by the Sunday Times.

“The applause rang out long and loud as actress Emma Spearing took her bows at Knebworth House.” – Stevenage Comet

Praise for previous productions:
“engaging energy … dramatically it convinces” Libby Purves
“a powerful influence on modern audiences” Eastern Daily Press

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Details

Date:
February 26, 2016
Time:
8:00 pm
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Venue

The Rondo Theatre
St. Saviours Road
Bath, BA1 6RT United Kingdom
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Phone:
01225 463362

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