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I'm collaborating with Scary Little Girls for the fourth season of their Salon de la Vie project - on everything you didn’t know about the suffragettes and their creative campaigning! We’ll combine recorded extracts, songs, special guests and live shows in this season to celebrate the wild, wonderful, wise and witty women of the first wave.
Join us for…
June 2nd, Votes for Children!
A look at the young people who supported the suffrage movement and found their own voice in the process.
June 16th, Birds of a Feather.
We will hear about plans to fill Parliament with suffragette parrots, talk about how the movement campaigned not just for votes for women but to end vivisection, and explore the links between vegetarianism and suffrage.
June 30th, Nobody Expects the Suffragettes!
Site specific, pop up and random acts of activism all characterised the creative shenanigans of suffragists in the theatre and entertainment industries, and in this Salon we celebrate some of the most unexpected!
July 14th, The Woman’s Theatre.
Here we will look at the way suffrage campaigners imagined a theatre they could be part of, including female producers and playwrights, crèches, and an end to the casting couch… so much to admire and yet to apply to the modern mainstream…
July 28th, Taking the Stage!
Our all live season finale bringing the work of Elizabeth Robins, Evelyn Glover and Cicely Hamilton to life before your very eyes! Expect digital mayhem, songs, short scenes and feminist fun for all! Tickets for this £5, the only Salon of the season we’re charging for and we are super grateful for your support!
About Salon de la Vie
Now coming up to its fourth season, Salon de la Vie is our fortnightly series of 15 – 20 minute extravaganzas of songs, storytelling, merriment and conversation. Focusing each time on an awe-inspiring, remarkable and brave human from the world of film, music, literature and history, and drawing parallels with the achievements of activists today, we celebrate how people positively embody the change they want to see in the world, for themselves and for others.
Reading Twenty-Two - 29th March 2021
An Anti-Suffragist or The Other Side by H.M. Paull (1910)
Lord Curzon’s 15 Good Reasons against the grant of female suffrage (1909)
Miss Appleyard’s Awakening by Evelyn Glover (1911)
Showin’ Samyel by Evelyn Glover (1914)
The Woman of It, or Our Friends the Anti-Suffragists by Mary Shaw (1914).
Readers: Sarah-Louise Young, John Fleming, Jamie Newall, Charlotte Moore, Kathryn Martin, Lucy Stevens, Annie Walker, Philippa Ritchie, Maggie Saunders, Maroussia Richardson, Stephanie Ware, Jemma Churchill, Velma Von Bon Bon, Sarah Annakin, Michelle Claire.
Reading Twenty-Three - 28th April 2021
Mary Edwards by P.R. Bennett (1911)
Pot and Kettle by Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St John (1911)
For One Night Only by G.B. Stern (1911)
Readers: Catherine Harvey Green, Jamie Newall, Annie Walker, Lucy Stevens, John Fleming, Sarah Annakin, Kathryn Martin, Maslen George, Stephanie Fayerman.
Reading Twenty - 23rd February 2021
Act Three of Woman on Her Own by Eugene Brieux, translated by Charlotte Shaw (1913).
Readers: Sarah Annakin, Lucy Stevens, Mufrida Hayes, Sarah McCourt, John Fleming, Michelle Claire, Maggie Saunders, Annie Walker, Kathryn Martin, Jemma Churchill, Stephanie Fayerman.
Reading Twenty-One - 22nd March 2021
Lady Geraldine's Speech by Beatrice Harraden (1909),
Her Vote by H.V. Esmond (1909)
A Suffrage Rummage Sale - An Auction Interrupted by Mary Winsor (1913).
Readers: Sarah Annakin, Velma Von Bon Bon, Stephanie Ware, Maroussia Richardson, Lucy Stevens, Juliette Burton, John Fleming, Michelle Claire, Jemma Churchill, Philippa Ritchie, Nick Dutton, Maggie Saunders, Catherine Harvey Green, Jamie Newall.
Reading Eighteen - 18 February 2021
The Apple by Inez Bensusan (1911)
Edith by Elizabeth Baker (1912).
Readers: Catherine Harvey Green, Natalie Harper, Annie Walker, Jamie Newall, Sajeela Kershi, Maggie Saunders, Velma Von Bon Bon, John Fleming, Jemma Churchill, Stephanie Fayerman.
Reading Nineteen - 23rd February 2021
First two acts of Woman on Her Own by Eugene Brieux, translated by Charlotte Shaw (1913).
Readers: Philippa Ritchie, Michelle Claire, Nick Dutton, Bronwyn Elizabeth, Velma Von Bon Bon, Sajeela Kershi, Lucy Stevens, Rachel Creeger, Annie Walker, John Fleming,\Stephanie Fayerman.
Reading Sixteen - 17th December 2020
'Our Own Twelve Anti-Suffragist Reasons', 'Why We Oppose Pockets for Women', and 'Fashion notes: Past and Present' from Are Women People? by Alice Duer Miller (1915)
Prologue for a Women's Theatre by Israel Zangwill (1911)
Women Do Not Want It by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1897)
'Cautionary Tales in Verse' from Votes for Women, 6 October 1911
Readers: Maggie Saunders, Sajeela Kershi, John Fleming, Catherine Harvey Green, Annie Walker, Philippa Ritchie, Sarah McCourt, Jamie Newall, Sarah Annakin, Lucy Stevens, Jemma Churchill, Stephanie Fayerman.
Reading Seventeen - 26th January 2021
10 Clowning Street by Joan S. Dugdale (1913)
Little Jane and Grandmama and Fair Play by Lorimer Royston (1914)
Readers: Jemma Churchill, Bronwyn Elizabeth, John Fleming, Luke Meredith, Genevieve Swallow, Catherine Harvey Green, Lucy Stevens, Maggie Saunders, Annie Walker, Jamie Newall, Sarah Annakin, Philippa Ritchie, Sarah McCourt.
Readings Fourteen and Fifteen - 26th November 2020
My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins (1913)
Readers: Sarah Annakin, Bronwyn Elizabeth, Stephanie Fayerman, John Fleming, Sarah Ford, Catherine Harvey Green, Mufrida Hayes, Sioned Jones, Michelle Kelly, Sarah McCourt, Charlotte Moore, Jamie Newall, Philippa Ritchie, Maggie Saunders, Bob Sinfield, Lucy Stevens
Readings Twelve and Thirteen - 22nd November 2020
Where Are You Going To? by Cicely Hamilton (1914)
Readers: Sarah Annakin, Rachel Creeger, Bronwyn Elizabeth, John Fleming, Maroussia Frank, Mufrida Hayes, Michelle Kelly, Sarah McCourt, Charlotte Moore, Jamie Newall, Maggie Saunders, Alison Skilbeck, Lucy Stevens, Genevieve Swallow, Sarah-Louise Young
Reading Eleven - 16th November 2020
The Woman with the Pack by Gertrude Vaughan (1912)
Readers: Sarah Annakin, Rob Bond, John Fleming, Sarah Ford, Valentine Hanson, Sarah McCourt, Jamie Newall, Philippa Ritchie, Maggie Saunders, Lucy Stevens, Velma Von Bon Bon, Sarah-Louise Young
Reading Ten - 20th October 2020
Which by Evelyn Glover (1914)
How One Woman Did It by J. L. Austin (1912)
Readers: Rob Bond, Hannah Davies, Steve Fortune, Maroussia Frank, Michelle Kelly, Charlotte Moore, Jamie Newall, Maggie Saunders, Annie Walker
Reading Nine - 15th October 2020
Supposing by Sewell Collins (1913)
The First Actress by Christopher St John (1911)
Readers: Sarah Annakin, Nick Dutton, Stephanie Fayerman, Maroussia Frank, John Fleming, Catherine Harvey Green, Michelle Kelly, Sajeela Kershi, Sarah McCourt, Charlotte Moore, Jamie Newall, Bobbie O'Callaghan, Philippa Ritchie, Maggie Saunders, Velma Von Bon Bon, Annie Walker, Faye Wilson
Thoughts, reflections, bits of research