‘Making the choice to fight even when you know you might not win.’
‘May’ is a one woman show based on the life of ‘the crippled suffragette' May Billinghurst.
Travel back to the early 20th Century and uncover forgotten history. Based on a true story, ‘May’ has a unique take on the fight for women’s rights. Celebrate 100 years of the first women gaining the vote by meeting May Billinghurst, one of those who fought for it. In this brand new show May’s story of love, loss and hope will offer you insight into a claustrophobic Victorian era and reflection on women in present society.
The play uses original letters and extracts between May Billinghurst, her family, Emmeline Pankhurst and other suffragettes. Take an in depth look at the constricts facing women alongside their role as wives and mothers. May also journeys into the unspoken nature of LGBTQI individuals, sexual repression and the restricted lives of those with disabilities.
May Billinghurst ‘the Crippled Suffragette’ played a key role in the women's rights movement. Imprisoned and silenced by her sexuality, Billinghurst has been widely forgotten. Today in a society, where women continue to fight for their voices to be heard, Kemp returns to her story and asks - how far have we come in 100 years?
'The show was fantastic, with a lot of excellent audience appreciation.'
Ian McGlynn, Director, The Rondo Theatre
'A play which is moving, educational and unique.'
Adele Matterface, Trowbridge Arts. Read the full review.
'A one woman show that portrays the un-known struggle with such detail and commitment, you are spellbound throughout.' 4****, Theatre Bath. Read the full review.
When + Where
• 15 Feb - Trowbridge Arts
• 16 Feb - Salisbury Playhouse (part of Theatre Fest)
• 19 Feb - Devizes Library
• 26 Feb- Malmesbury Library
• 28 Feb - Rondo Theatre, Bath
• 13 May - Burdalls Yard, Bath 6pm (Performed as part of SparkFest in The Bath Festival 2018) Get tickets here
Autumn Tour 2018:
• 22nd Nov- Anglia Ruskin University
• 24 Nov - Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Dorset 7:30pm
• 1 Dec - Pound Arts Centre, Corsham 7.30pm
More dates to follow...
Written and performed by Phoebe Kemp, Directed by Hannah Treadway and 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