Girls for the vote at Studio Theatre

THE next production at Salis­bury’s Studio Theatre in Ashley Road, from 15th to 17th March, is Here Come The Girls, devised by director Lesley Bates.

The show is described as a heady mix of marching anthems, music hall songs, propaganda plays and a touch of history. It celebrates the centenary of women’s voting rights.

Between 1909 and 1914, around 900 women signed up to the Actresses Franchise League, a suffrage movement for those in the theatrical profession. They and performed propaganda plays for theatres, village halls and drawings rooms up and down the country, all part of the larger campaign  to sway public opinion in favour of the vote.

The output was phenomenal, marking a golden age of female writing. But the plays are rarely performed.

“If ever there was a year to dust off a few of these little gems and give them an airing, this has to be it!,” says Lesley.

The production will also showcase Studio Theatre’s entries to the Totton  Festival of Drama 2018, performed on 22nd March.

The cast includes Sue Bale, Caroline Butcher, Camilla Bur­gess, George Cotterill, Alistair Faulkner, Jo Flindell, Rachel Fletcher, Tim and Val Greathead, Rowena Greenaway, Kris Hamil­ton, Claire Jacobs, Sarah Kirk­patrick, Louise Leavy, Linda Luet­chford, Lorna Matthews-Keel, Lindy and Graham Paramor, Chris­­tina Reynolds, David Rho­des, Sarah Scutt, Sue Tranter and Emma Way.

For more information, telephone 01722 342860.

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