From Suffragettes to #MeToo



Shoulder to Shoulder

Celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage

Throughout 2018 there have been many special anniversaries in the journey for the rights of women in British society. This gives us a unique opportunity to not only shine a light on the achievements and social change this journey has brought about but also to look at the present day and ask, “What’s changed?” and “Where do we go from here?”

To celebrate and mark these anniversaries The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company, Royal and Derngate and Cornerstone Arts Centre have been working with professional theatre companies and community groups from Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire to create four new performances and an installation that seeks to measure the impact of the last 100 years of social and political change.

Stantonbury International School (SIS) presented Suffrajitsu. This piece had its origins a couple of years ago when Lucy Cuthbertson, Artistic Director at Stantonbury Theatre, attended a day of historical talks and a practical workshop on the little-known art of Suffrajitsu, organised by a company called Radical Tea Towel. The jiu-jitsu trained bodyguard society protected the radical suffragettes of England just before WW1. The bodyguard martial arts instructor Edith Garrud was one of the most prominent self-defence teachers in England during the early 20th century. Our whole TV-watching nation has been gripped watching another kind of ‘Bodyguard’, in this play SIS presented an earlier prototype; women protecting women.

Directors & Producers – Lucy Cuthbertson (GST Director of Drama and Performance) inconjuction with Flo O-Mahony (Artistic Director Zooco)

Writer – Ben Hales (Splendid Productions)

Cast – Suffragettes (Year 10 students), Police (Year 11 students)

There will be an extra performance at Royal and Derngate, Northampton 21st October.


Gallery – 5th October 2018, Stantonbury Theatre