MAY, Newcastle, Hull, London, Bristol


Price: Varies


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“Making the choice to fight even when you know you might not win.”

Writer, Performer and activist Phoebe Kemp’s one-woman show about the true story of ‘cripple suffragette’ May Billinghurst.

Celebrate International Women’s Day this month through the widely forgotten story of Rosa May Billinghurst. Based on a true story, written and performed by Phoebe Kemp, directed by Rachel Adams and Anna Carr, ‘May’ has a unique take on the fight for women’s rights.

‘A one woman show that portrays the un-known struggle with such detail and commitment, you are spellbound throughout.’ 4****, Theatre Bath.

The play uses original letters and extracts between May Billinghurst, her family, Emmeline Pankhurst and other suffragettes. As well as exploring the constricts facing women, ‘May’ also journeys into the unspoken nature of LGBTQI individuals, sexual repression and the restricted lives of those with disabilities.

Known as ‘the Cripple Suffragette’, May played a key role in the women’s rights movement. Today, in a society where many continue to fight for their voices to be heard, Kemp returns to her story and asks – how far have we come in 100 years?

Age recommendation 10+
Performance: 50 mins with 20 minute Q+A session afterwards

Tour Dates

8th March – Wallsend Memorial Hall & People’s Centre, Newcastle, 7.30pm. Tickets here:

9th March – Artlink, Hull, 2pm matinee

19th-22nd March – Bridewell Theatre, London. 1pm daily. Tickets here:

23rd March – Bristol TBC

For more information visit our website.

Written and performed by Phoebe Kemp, Directed by Rachel Adams and Anna Carr //Design by Natalie Remington // Produced by Wyldwood Arts // Supported using Funding by Arts Council England // Special thanks to Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge and Davinci Mobility

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