A month ago I first posted about Oxygen, a play by Natalie McGrath, written in response to and to celebrate the great Suffrage walk that started at Lands End on the 19 June 1913. It will be a week since the ladies of Dreadnought South West passed through Plymouth with Oxygen, the days they arrived corresponding to the very days they stopped there 100 years ago. This week they are walking through Teignbridge, Topsham and on to Exeter for shows at the end of the week.
On my weekly newsletter that keeps me up to date with their journey they say ‘in 1913, Teignmouth was a place of safety for the marchers, as they knew that they had supporters there. A wonderful group of modern-day supporters joined us in marking the centenary by taking part in a commemorative walk through the streets, wearing costume and carrying banners’.
Today they are passing through Topsham on route to Exeter and I love this story that came to light. Apparently there was a suffrage group within Topsham and a Mrs Frood was its leader. When she came to fill in her 1911 census form she wrote on it “if I am intelligent enough to fill up this paper, I am intelligent enough to put a cross on a voting form! No Vote, No Census!” Hurrah for Mrs Frood!
The performances in Exeter are Thursday 4th in Rougemont Gardens (or the Exeter Phoenix if wet – although the sun has started to shine) and on Friday 5th at the Barnfield Theatre.
The company will then be passing into Somerset and Wiltshire before heading to London where there will be a great celebration in Hyde Park on the 26th to commemorate the arrival 100 years ago.
Click here to find the route