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Blue Stockings - The Play

8 Male, 9 Female

Jessica Swale Price: $12.99

A hugely entertaining, inspiring play about four women fighting to be treated equally in Victorian England, set against the background of Cambridge’s Girton College

The female students lived in a farmhouse 20 miles from Cambridge (considered "a safe distance" from their male peers), were refused toilet facilities, and were made to eat in biology labs surrounded by cadavers

The year’s intake of new women face economic difficulty, the distractions of men and radical politics, and the jaw-dropping prejudice that blights every aspect of academic life

Meanwhile, there looms the prospect of a controversial vote to decide -

Should these ‘blue stockings’ be allowed to graduate?

The play explores the scale of the hostility they faced and includes scenes of the burning effigies of women hoisted up on ropes by some of England's finest minds on the day of the historic vote

This moving, funny and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination is played against the larger backdrop of women’s suffrage

While skilfully invoking its Victorian setting, the play’s themes of gender equality and the power of education are just as important today

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