Art, Theatre and Women's Suffrage

Art, Theatre and Women's Suffrage

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At a time when many are reluctant to adopt the label 'feminist', and when the movement towards proper female representation is almost at a standstill, this timely celebration of creativity during the suffragette campaign reminds us that women's role in the politics of the nation should not be taken for granted. From the sublime enamelled pendants of the artist Ernestine Mills to the extreme performances of the Actresses' Franchise League, this book explores the many weird and wonderful ways the suffragettes chose to publicise their cause. ART, THEATRE AND WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE invites us to marvel at the imagination, talent and sheer commitment of some quite brilliant individuals and their work. Featuring writers, artists and performers such as Cicely Hamilton, Inez Bensusan, Elizabeth Robins, Ernestine Mills, Olive Hockin, Mary Lowndes, Sylvia Pankhurst, Ellen Terry, Edith Craig and more.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 146 x 206 x 8mm | 181.44g
  • Aurora Metro Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black and white photographs
  • 1906582084
  • 9781906582081
  • 981,034

About Irene Cockroft

Dr Susan Croft has done extensive research and published widely on women playwrights. Her work includes:'Classic Plays by Women' (Aurora Metro 2010); 'Votes for Women and other plays' (Aurora Metro 2009); 'She Also Wrote Plays' (Faber 2001). From 1997 to 2005 she was the Curator of Contemporary Performance at the Theatre Museum in London. Irene Cockroft is a curator, author and lecturer, specializing in the involvement of women in arts, crafts and suffrage. She is also the great niece of suffrage artist Ernestine Mills. Her writing includes: New Dawn Women - Women in The Arts & Crafts And Suffrage Movements At The Dawn of the 20th Century.
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Table of contents

INTRODUCTION 1. THE EARLY YEARS The New Woman The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: The 1866 Petition The Cause behind the Campaign 2. THE CAMPAIGN National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies Women's Social & Political Union Women's Freedom League 3. THE ANTIS National League for Opposing Women's Suffrage The Arguments Against 4. ART FOR VOTES' SAKE Annie Swynnerton Sylvia Pankhurst Ernestine Mills Olive Hockin Edith Hinchley May Morris Emily Ford Clemence Housman A Patriot (Alfred Pearse) Flying Colours: Suffrage Banners Mary Lowndes Photographers Lena Connell The Anti League in Art 5. PERFORMING WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE Revolting Women: The Monstrous Regiments Joan of Arc Funeral Pilgrimage 6. ACTING UP! THE ACTRESSES' FRANCHISE LEAGUE CHECK SPACING - CLOSE UP Prologue Actresses, Writers and Stage Designers Inez Bensusan Ellen Terry Cicely Hamilton Edith Craig Christopher St John Elizabeth Robins Pamela Colman Smith Other feminist theatres The Pioneer Players The Play Actors The Propaganda Players Performances at WSPU's Women's Suffrage Exhibition, Princes' Skating Rink, Knightsbridge for 13-26 May 1909 Performances at National WSPU's Christmas Fair and Festival, 1911 Other Players Laurence Alma-Tadema Lena Ashwell Elizabeth Baker Jenny (Mrs Herbert) Cohen Jess Dorynne Beatrice Forbes Robertson Gertrude Elliott Gabrielle Enthoven Rosina Filippi Evelyn Glover Beatrice Harraden Kate Harvey Bessie Hatton Marian Emma Holmes Annie Horniman Laurence Housman Violet Hunt Gertrude Jennings Dame Madge Kendal Dame Edith Lyttelton Margaret Mack Winifred Mayo Lillah McCarthy M. Slieve McGowan Decima Moore Eva Moore Margaret Wynne Nevinson Adela Pankhurst 'George Paston' Madeleine Lucette Ryley Sime Seruya Athene Seyler Mabel Annie St Clair Stobart Sybil Thorndike Violet and Irene Vanbrugh Vera Wentworth Israel and Edith Zangwill 7. MUSIC March of the Women Ethel Smyth 8. SPREADING THE WORD Platform Speakers: Richmond and Wimbledon Bertrand Russell Lady Frances Balfour Rose Lamartine Yates The Garden Party 9. FORMS OF PROTEST Tax Resistance Census Boycott The Argument of the Broken Window Kitty Marion Lilian Lenton Hunger Strikes 10. OFF WITH CORSETS! THE FASHION REVOLUTION 11. GILDING THE LILY Badges Presentation Jewellery Personal Jewellery 12. CONTEMPORARY RESPONSES TO THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT Television Theatre Art Ann Dingsdale and the 1866 Women's Suffrage Petition History Recorded in the Subversive Stitch Four Generations 13. 1832-1928: THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO WINNING EQUALITY 14. THE LONG CENTURY OF CATCHING-UP FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE 15. COLLECTION OF SUFFRAGE ANTHEMS BIBLIOGRAPHY
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What a fabulous book. Certainly recommend it strongly when I give talks, etc. Great there's so much in it about their marketing strategies, use of visual devices, etc and the strong staging opportunities such as Emily D's funeral. They were so much before their time.' Susan Homewood, Sylvia Pankhurst Trust ... this is not a book about the gesture. It's a story of connected and concerted bravery... a compelling reminder of a fierce and quietly-neglected artistic movement. Exeunt Magazine
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