I don’t often talk about my work on here unless it takes me away from the cliff and further into Cornwall which has happened on a couple of occasions. In 2013 a company called Dreadnought South West created a touring play Oxygen to mark the centenary of a suffrage march from Lands End in Cornwall to Hyde Park in London. Five years later they have created another play which coincides with the centenary of the first votes for women. Called The Cause, the play is an imagined meeting between Millicent Fawcett [leader of the non militant suffragists] and Emmeline Pankhurst [leader of the militant suffragettes]. What would you do for a cause, would you march peacefully or would you build a bomb? Even though this conversation is about events over a hundred years ago the resonances to today are palpable. A tour opens in Bodmin on 25/26th April via a new initiative called intoBodmin and through them we are performing at Callywith College. We will also be touring throughout the south west region including Penzance, St Austell, Bude, Plymouth and Exeter this spring and more dates in the autumn. All tour dates will be posted here and here.
Alongside The Cause is a mobile listening booth tour, which is part of Dreadnought’s other Heritage Lottery project called Rebellious Sounds. Marking 100 years of women’s right to vote, the mobile listening booth [designed like a voting booth] tells stories of women’s activism in the South West and the next stop is Cornwall’s Regimental Museum in Bodmin.
The booth will be in the Old Recruiting Office at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum between Saturday, April 14 and Thursday, April 26 and is free to visit.
A selection of the stories can be heard here as a taster http://dreadnoughtsouthwest.org.uk/rebellious-sounds-archive/
More details about the tour and how it progresses can be found here https://ruthmitchelltheatremaker.com/about/