Blue Stockings follows the story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the larger backdrop of women’s suffrage written by director and writer, Jessica Swale and first performed at the Globe theatre in 2013.
1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a ‘blue stocking’ – an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and unmarriageable.
In Swale’s play, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.
Persephone Productions is thrilled to be producing’ Blue Stockings ‘ with its deep connection to our world today. Swale dedicates her play to Malala Yousafzai
Featuring a cast of 12 actors and a strong design/ technical team. This comedy with an underlying profound message is guaranteed to entertain and provoke discussion and thoughts
Directed by Gabrielle Soskin Artistic Director Persephone Productions . October 17 to 27 2019 .
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