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Becky Hope-Palmer Director
Peter Goddard Lighting Designer
Neal Clark Sound Designer
By Jessica Swale
‘There comes a time, during a woman’s pubic development, when she will expend tremendous energy in the recurring demands of menstruation. Can she bear mental drain in addition to these physical demands? The overexertion of a woman’s brain, at the expense of the other vital organs, may lead to atrophy, mania, or worse, may leave her incapacitated as a mother. These, sirs, are facts of nature, proven by science.’
1896. Girton College, Cambridge has become the first college in Britain to admit women. And four young female students are trailblazing the way forward on the cusp of women’s suffrage. But nothing is as easy as it seems. Faced with strong opposition both from leading scholars, students and even Queen Victoria herself who believed women’s place was very much at home and out of these institutions, the girls' fight for the right to study is challenged at every turn.
Based on real life events, we follow Tess Moffat and her fellow students as they navigate the ever-complicated road to equality and discover whether they can sacrifice love and family for the cause of female education - and make history.
22 May / 7.30pm - Interpreted in BSL by Iain Hodgetts & Janice Murdoch.