Sunday 22 July 2018

The Trouble with Women

Kendal Community Theatre's annual summer season was dedicated to Trouble with Women! I caught up with them on Saturday morning as women gathered to celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women with a street theatre piece starting at the Town Hall:

There was a fine array of period style costumes and banners and placards:

After a rousing marching song there were 4 speeches. Each from a slightly different point of view with a local campaigner, an anti suffrage speaker, Millicent Fawcett from the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and Emmeline Pankhurst from the Women's Social and Political Union:

Some of the actors were primed to heckle the speakers so that there was crowd interaction during the piece. Then everyone marched through the town to the Birdcage to repeat the performance:

There were some very elegant ladies and an imposing police constable amongst the cast:

The next march took them to the steps of the library which are perfect for street theatre and speeches:

I left at this point but they were going on to further places and repeating the show more times. Here is a taster of the experience that I videoed:


  1. I would have loved this. How wonderful to have it on your doorstep.

  2. Sophie Louise Buckle23 July 2018 at 13:57

    Oh wow this looks like a lot of fun I would have loved to have seen it!

  3. We just found a memorial erected by Sylvia Pankhurst railing against air warfare near our house. Amazing women!

  4. Laura Brittain23 July 2018 at 19:10

    Wow the policeman is very impressive! You have aome very interesting events going on near you.


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