"Making the choice to fight even when you know you might not win."
Writer, Performer and activist Phoebe Kemp’s one-woman show about the true story of ‘cripple suffragette’ May Billinghurst.
Celebrate International Women’s Day this month through the widely forgotten story of Rosa May Billinghurst. Based on a true story, written and performed by Phoebe Kemp, directed by Rachel Adams and Anna Carr, ‘May’ has a unique take on the fight for women’s rights.
'A one woman show that portrays the un-known struggle with such detail and commitment, you are spellbound throughout.'
4****, Theatre Bath.
The play uses original letters and extracts between May Billinghurst, her family, Emmeline Pankhurst and other suffragettes. As well as exploring the constrictions facing women, 'May' also journeys into the unspoken nature of LGBTQI individuals, sexual repression and the restricted lives of those with disabilities.
Known as ‘the Cripple Suffragette’, May played a key role in the women's rights movement. Today, in a society where many continue to fight for their voices to be heard, Kemp returns to her story and asks - how far have we come in 100 years?
Age recommendation: 10+
Performance: 50 mins with 20 minute Q+A session afterwards
Written and performed by Phoebe Kemp // Directed by Rachel Adams and Anna Carr // Design by Natalie Remington // Produced by Wyldwood Arts // Supported using Funding by Arts Council England // Special thanks to Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge and Davinci Mobility
Websites: https://www.wyldwoodarts.co.uk/collaborations/may www.maytheplay.co.uk
© Photography by Ben Pryor (Autumn 2018) and Camilla Adams (Spring 2018)
When + Where
Sun 18 August - 7.30pm - Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, Cumbria - Tickets here
Wed 6 November - 8pm - Dorchester Arts, Dorset - Tickets here
Fri 8 November - 7.30pm - The Courtyard, Herefordshire - Tickets here
8 March - 7.30pm - Wallsend Memorial Hall & People’s Centre, Newcastle
8 March - 2pm - Artlink, Hull
19-22 March - Bridewell Theatre, London
24 March - 6pm - Easton Community Centre, Bristol
18 August - 7.30pm - Theatre By The Lake, Cumbria
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