Dreadnought South West stage play about the women’s suffrage movement at Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 14:24 05 July 2018

The Cause, being performed by Dreadnought South West. Photo by Jim Wileman

The Cause, being performed by Dreadnought South West. Photo by Jim Wileman

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Suffragette play is relevant to today’s debate over women’s rights and gender equality

How far would you go for what you believe in?

That is the question posed by a play about the women’s suffrage movement, which comes to Exmouth on Thursday, July 12.

The Cause explores the explosive meeting of minds when Millicent Fawcett and Emmeline Pankhurst came together, and the conflict between the violent direct action of the suffragettes and the peaceful constitutional approach of the suffragists.

It also looks at the sacrifices many women made to support the campaign, giving up their homes, families and children, and in some cases their own lives.

The play, which resonates with the current topicality of women’s rights and the gender equality debate, was written by Natalie McGrath and directed by Josie Sutcliffe, and is produced by Dreadnought South West, a charity which uses the arts to tell the stories of courageous and inspiring women. It is at the Blackmore Theatre at 7.30pm.

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