Cambridge Devised Theatre
in association with Classworks Theatre
Lady Connie and the Suffragettes
An evening of moving drama and inspiring history
Writer: Ros Connelly Director: Jenny Culank
with Emma Spearing as Lady Constance Lytton
and Julia Stone as The Musician
Spring 2016 tour
This new play explores Lady Constance Lytton's unique role in the suffragette movement, her personal background and her development into one of the suffragettes' heroic icons.
In a tour de force solo performance, Emma Spearing portrays Constance Lytton as she develops from a shy teenager, through the frustrations of being unable to pursue a career as a pianist or a journalist and the fluctuations of an achingly sad love affair, to becoming a committed and resolute suffrage campaigner. Determined to expose the double standards and barbaric treatment committed against the suffragettes, Constance Lytton put herself at immense personal risk with devastating consequences. The play is drawn from her own writings in her personal letters and diaries and her book Prisons and Prisoners, and is accompanied by live music.
*25 Thurs 7.30 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1LT
01202 885566 www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/events
*26 Fri 8pm Rondo Theatre, Bath BA1 6RT www.rondotheatre.co.uk
0333 666 3366 www.ticketsource.co.uk/rondotheatre
*27 Sat 2.30/7.30 Fairfield Halls Studio, Croydon, CR9 1DG 020 8688 9291 www.fairfield.co.uk
*2 Wed 7pm Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9JY 01625 861 221 www.capesthorne.com/events
3 Thurs 7.30 Solihull Arts Complex, W.Midlands B91 3RG
0121 704 6962 www.solihullartscomplex.co.uk
*5 Sat 7.30 Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NE 01235 515144 www.cornerstone-arts.org
**8 Tue 2.30/7.30 The Old Labs, Newnham College, Cambridge CB3 9DF (WOW Festival)
9 Wed 7.30 Petworth Society, The Leconfield Hall, W.Sussex Tickets on the door
*10 Thurs 7.30 Underground Theatre, Eastbourne, Sussex BN21 4TL 0845 680 1926 www.undergroundtheatre.co.uk
*19 Sat 7.30 St Nicholas Church, Great Munden, Herts SG11 1HG Reserve tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org
**20 Sun 8pm Cambridge Junction, Cambridge CB1 7GX 01223 511 511 www.junction.co.uk
*23 Wed 7.30 Walker Theatre, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY3 8FT 01743 281281 www.theatresevern.co.uk
* Pre-show talk given by Lyndsey Jenkins, writer, biographer and historian of the British women's movement, whose 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.
** Pre-show talk given by Dr Naomi Paxton, performer and researcher and editor of the Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays.
Stage Manager: Joanne Davies
Costume and props: Sue Pearson Classworks
Musical arranger: Oonagh Bernon
2015 Production: Producer: Hilary Spiers, Musical accompaniment: Ben Ward, Lighting design: Graham Dormer, Talk given by historian Katherine Connelly (author of Sylvia Pankhurst: suffragette, socialist and scourge of empire)
With thanks to the Stevenage Arts Guild; the Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr Sherma Batson; Stevenage Borough councillors and county councillors; Knebworth House, and Clare Fleck, Knebworth House archivist.
A well composed and edited, beautifully performed and fluently directed piece of story telling.
Frazer Grace (Breakfast with Mugabe - RSC)
Emma Spearing carried off this demanding role powerfully. The final prison scene was particularly moving.
Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Associate Professor in English Literature, University of the West of England, Bristol
Through Emma Spearing’s fine performance, we were given a very real insight into Lady Constance’s world and her personal contribution to the struggles for the women’s vote.
Lord Cobbold, Knebworth House
Emma's portrayal of Lady Constance really brought her to life and there were tears among the audience.
Rosemary Conybeare, Chair, Stevenage and Knebworth Arts Group
My Year 12s really enjoyed the play very much.
Helen Taylor, Nobel School
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Emma trained at E15 acting school. She has performed on stage in both classical and new writing, most recent work includes Our Steve's Wife in The Choice (The Proud Archivist), Laura in Women of Twilight (The Pleasance, The White Bear), Mrs Ashley in World Turned Upside Down (The Cockpit), Gertrude in Hamlet , Cavale in Cowboy Mouth, Ranyevskaia in The Cherry Orchard, Hermione in The Winter's Tale. Emma can be seen on screen in a couple of different projects at the moment. She also has regular voice over work. Emma is particularly interested in devising work, and has shown work at Shunt. She also has an interest in clowning and physical theatre.
Julia trained on the Two Year Acting course at Drama Studio London, and has since performed in various theatre, television and short film productions. Music (singing, playing the violin and piano) plays a prominent role in her life. Theatre productions include: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (Wilton's Music Hall), Maisie in The Boy Friend (Bridewell Theatre), Fulfil Me Fully, Phil (The Space), and Still I See My Baby with The Young Vic-Freshworks. She is also interested in comedy, stand-up and improv.