This is a performed reading of a script in development, with live music and song, and will be followed by an invitation to debate the work in conversation with the cast & team.
The Orchard is an imagined meeting between two extraordinary political leaders and thinkers: Millicent Fawcett and Emmeline Pankhurst. Radical women who definitely wanted to smash the patriarchal values preventing them being seen as citizens with a right to vote. Their methods divided them and so the play considers what that means in terms of sacrifice and solidarity.
Exeter-based Dreadnought South West is developing its latest show, The Orchard, prior to a SW tour and as part of the Rebellious Sounds project. If you missed their first show, Oxygen (‘beautiful & uplifting’ THE STAGE) then make sure you book your seat for this one-night-only sharing.
Dreadnought seeks to explore 100 years of women’s activism in the South West and to connect individuals and communities through collecting & telling great and courageous stories about women for a new archive.Our aim is to produce
Our aim is to produce high-quality feminist theatre, arts and heritage work that inspires, educates and raises awareness of often unheard and unseen courage. We also want to engage audiences in a dialogue about the way we work and about the work itself. If you’re interested in how theatre is being made, interested in the content or in stories of activism, then we would love to meet with you after the reading for a conversation.
Dreadnought SW is supported by Arts Council England, Exeter City Council, Fawcett Devon and the Elmgrant Trust.
This event is part of the Calm Down, Dear Festival in collaboration with Camden People’s Theatre.
Writer: Natalie McGrath
Director/Dramaturg: Josie Sutcliffe
Composer: Claire Ingleheart
Actors: Ruth Mitchell, Saskia Portway & Michelle Ridings
Producer: Charlie Parker