The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays: How the Vote Was Won, Lady Geraldine’s Speech, Pot and Kettle, Miss Appleyard’s Awakening, Her Vote, The Mother’s Meeting, The Anti-Suffragist or The Other Side, Tradition
Cicely Hamilton, Christopher St John, Beatrice Harraden, Evelyn Glover, H.V. Esmond, H.M. Paull, Harlow Phibbs, George Middleton
A&C Black, Jan 31, 2013 - Drama - 160 pages
The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays is an anthology of eight exciting pieces written for and by members of the Actresses Franchise League from 1909-13. Immediately playable, they offer strong, varied roles for female casts, while also providing invaluable source material to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines.
Featuring 'How The Vote Was Won' which remains one of the most popular and well known suffrage plays, the volume also includes seven shorter works:
'Lady Geraldine's Speech' (1909), a fantastic, fun piece for actresses. Lady Geraldine hasn't thought through the Suffrage cause and, on a visit to an old school friend meets some charismatic, successful and intelligent women who soon enlighten and encourage her on to the right path!
'Pot and Kettle' (1909), a comic piece in which a young woman returns to her family in great distress having assaulted a suffragette who was sitting near her at a Anti-Suffragist meeting.
'Miss Appleyard's Awakening' about an anti-suffrage campaigner who finds herself in the home of a sympathizer but ends up inadvertently drawing her hostesses' attention to the contradictions in her arguments
'Her Vote' by the actor and playwright Henry Esmond which provides an interesting male viewpoint on the movement, criticizing the young suffragist for wanting to be part of a movement about which she seems to understand little.
'The Anti-Suffragist or The Other Side', a charming, clever monologue about a sheltered young woman who finds herself increasingly involved with her local Anti-Suffrage society and increasingly puzzled by what she learns there.
'The Mother's Meeting', an entertaining monologue that uses a working class character to expose the inconsistencies in the Anti-Suffrage arguments.
'Tradition' was first performed at a matinee for the Woman Suffrage Party held at the Berkeley Theatre in New York City on Saturday 24 January 1913.
The plays featured articulate the arguments of the Suffrage Movement through a variety of styles, both comic and serious, and perfectly illustrate the use of drama as a medium for social change and entertainment. Together with illustrations and an introduction charting the history of the Actresses Franchise League and exploring the context and provenance of the plays, this is an excellent resource for both study and performance.
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A book of short plays that focus on the attempts of English women to get the vote. All of these plays were written prior to 1917, when they actually did get the vote, and focus more on the arguments ... Read full review
Lady Geraldines Speech by Beatrice Harraden
Pot and Kettle by Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St John
Miss Appleyards Awakening by Evelyn Glover
Her Vote by H V Esmond
The Mothers Meeting by Mrs Harlow Phibbs
An AntiSuffragist or The Other Side by H M Paull
Tradition by George Middleton
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