Synopsis

Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing

Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing $14.99

Shelagh Stephenson

Published by Methuen

2 Male 4 Female

"What you havent realised is that I sew to aid my thought processes. Look needle stab stitch thought. Needle stab stitch thought. So next time you see a woman demurely sewing a sampler, be very, very wary. God knows what she may be planning"

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) was a social theorist who is often credited as being the first female sociologist

The radical Victorian thinker was a woman ahead of her time - a feminist, abolitionist and sociologist, her works of political philosophy outsold Dickens

Yet for a period in the mid 1840s she was known as "the woman who's been lying on a chaise-longue for five years"

Shelagh Stephenson's intriguing play focuses on this obscure phase of Martineau's career when she retired to the north-east coast to recover from a debilitating condition that baffled physicians

Shut off from her usual society, Harriet is visited by a gallery of eccentrics, including ...

Impie, a recent widow who is using her new-found marital freedom to paint murals on the ceilings of her family home

Beulah, the daughter of an escaped slave who prefers dressing as a boy

And Jane, the housemaid, who is adept at putting people into a trance and could help Harriet out of illness

This is a play about female self-reliance in a time of patriarchal dominance

Browse Library

About Stageplays

Stageplays offers you the largest collection of Plays & Musicals in the world.

Based in the UK and the USA, we’ve been serving the online theatre community since the last century. We’re primarily a family-run business and several of us also work in professional theatre.

But we’re all passionate about theatre and we all work hard to share that passion with you and the world’s online community.

Subscribe to our theatre newsletter

We'll email you regular details of new plays and half-price special offers on a broad range of theatre titles.

Shipping

We can deliver any play in print to any country in the world - and we ship from both the US and the UK.

© 2010 - 2021 Stageplays, Inc.