We will take you on a journey back to tell a little about the other side of history. Her-story will look at how women activists over the years have used art as a tool to campaign for social changes. And how activists have used imaginative means on many levels to flout conventions, to make a stand, to create change.
“Noted, eminent historian Keanu Smurthwaite (absolutely no relation to feminist comedian Kate) presents a brief history of dissemblance, of women who have disguised themselves as men. Some did so to access jobs only available to men, some to escape danger and poverty, some for love or for money, some to legitimise their lesbian relationships or to express what by modern standards we would consider their trans* status. Discover the amazing stories of the first woman to vote in the US election and the first British woman to become a qualified medical doctor, from jazz legend Billy Tipton to yankee civil war hero Albert DJ Cashier all the way back to the downfall of Pope Joan. Please note this talk is “strictly” men only! Definitely no ladies please (moustaches available at the door).”
Also: Rebecca Morden artistic director of Scary Little Girls will be performing on her Uke, She will be looking at how women in blues and musical halls used humour and satire to flout the norms of their day and how folk and popular music artists took their message further still into the heart of women’s lib movement! plus she’ll be chatting about her findings in-between singing extracts of songs and hopefully getting the audience to join in too!
Also joining us will be Naomi Paxton. Naomi is an actress, performer and researcher, who has just published the book “The Methuen drama book of suffrage plays” she will be giving a talk and showing slides to accompany the research behind the book. ~ “In May 1909 the Women’s Social and Political Union – the Suffragettes – held a very successful Women’s Exhibition in London. This talk aims to bring it to life and to show some aspects of propaganda for the Cause that you may not have known of before. Featuring ‘Jujitsuffragette’ demonstrations, Prison Cell installations and ‘Political Peepshows’ as well as theatrical performances and stalls from across the UK – the Exhibition had something for everyone!”
plus: a slide show of rare footage from the women’s peace camps at Greenham Common and the Boise peace quilt will be on display, lots of stands selling unique products, food, books, art, music and more………Tickets – £5 – 10 whatever you can afford in that range to help cover the costs of the event
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