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Emily Wilding Davison: The one who threw herself under the horse 

Emily Wilding Davison was known, controversially, as the woman who threw herself under the horse. With an Arts Council grant, this play was specially devised and written to commemorate the life of this iconic but enigmatic suffragette in the centenary of her death at the Derby in June 1913. The 2013 tour started fittingly at St George's Church, Bloomsbury, where Emily Davison's memorial service was held before her body was taken back to be buried in Morpeth.

Emily: The making of a militant suffragette
In 2014, under a new title, a new nationwide tour was produced by The Production Exchange in association with Cambridge Devised Theatre.
 

 
 

Elizabeth Crarer 
Theatre credits include Kim in The Disappearance of Sadie Jones (Camden People’s Theatre/Bike Shed Theatre Exeter), Desdemona in Othello (Watermill Newbury), Emily in Bronte (Shared Experience), Middy Munson in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Mrs Gilbert in The Browning Version and Alice in The Apple Cart (Bath Theatre Royal, Peter Hall season), Imogen in Cymbeline (Cambridge Arts Theatre). TV credits include Law and Order UK and Midsomer Murders.  Lizzie also holds a degree in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Emily - The June 2013 Tour:

4th St George's Church,
  Bloomsbury, London
5th Mumford Theatre,
  Cambridge
6th The Mill Studio, Yvonne
  Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
8th Smallhythe Barn Theatre,
  Kent
12th People's History Museum,
  Manchester
14th Royal Holloway, University
  of London, Egham
17th & 18th Burton Taylor
  Studio, Oxford Playhouse
21st Knebworth Village Hall,
  Hertfordshire

2014 Tour dates
March

11th Ruskin College, Oxford
12th Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke
14th The Radlett Centre
15th Rondo Theatre, Bath
18th Capitol Theatre, Horsham 
19th Hitchin Girls School
20th The Riverfront Theatre,
  Newport
21st The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk
22nd Pomegranate Theatre,
  Chesterfield
Northern Ireland
26th Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
27th Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena
28th Lurgan Town Hall
29th Derry Playhouse
30th Island Arts Centre,
  Lisburn
April
1st Mowlem Theatre, Swanage,
  Dorset
3rd Theatre Royal, Bury St
  Edmunds
4th Dixon Studio, Palace
  Theatre
5th Ashwell School Hall
9th The Theatre, Chipping
  Norton

 

Set in the context of the struggle for women to have the vote in the first half of the twentieth century, Emily resonates with questions that still challenge the world today: repression of public protest, militancy, torture, women's rights and self-sacrifice. Yet at the heart of this play is a real woman with her own hopes, beliefs, frustrations and deadpan sense of humour.

Devised and directed by Kath Burlinson (www.authenticartist.co.uk)
Written by Ros Connelly
Devised and acted by Elizabeth Crarer
Sound by Stuart Brindle
Costumes by Classworks Costumes

    

                   

“engaging energy … dramatically it convinces” Libby Purves
 
“a powerful influence on modern audiences” Eastern Daily Press

 

 
     
             

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