Stage rights!

The Actresses’ Franchise League, activism and politics 1908–58

by Naomi Paxton, Maggie B. Gale

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Stage rights! explores the work and legacy of the first feminist political theatre group of the twentieth century, the Actresses' Franchise League. Formed in 1908 to support the suffrage movement through theatre, the League and its membership opened up new roles for women on stage and off, challenged stereotypes of suffragists and actresses, created new work inspired by the movement and was an integral part of the performative propaganda of the campaign. Introducing new archival material to both suffrage and theatre histories, this book is the first to focus in detail on the Actresses' Franchise League, its membership and its work. The volume is formulated as a historiographically innovative critical biography of the organisation over the fifty years of its activities, and invites a total reassessment of the League within the accepted narratives of the development of political theatre in the UK.
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Endorsements

twentieth century, the Actresses' Franchise League. The volume is formulated as a historiographically innovative critical biography of the organisation over the fifty years of its activities, and invites a total reassessment of the League within the accepted narratives of the development of political theatre in the UK. It makes a unique contribution to the history of twentieth century theatre, feminist theatre and the suffrage movement, by telling the story of the League, its members, and the creative interventions it made into national and international suffrage movements. From within the contexts of both theatre and suffrage histories, Stage Rights! looks in detail at the performative propaganda and strategies of the suffrage movement, the theatrical events that emerged directly in response to them, and the role of feminist actresses as activists within and beyond the campaign. The book considers the role of the League in exhibitions, marches, demonstrations and events, the visibility of suffragist women in public space, and suffrage militancy, on stage and off. The contribution of the League in the First and the Second World Wars, and the many satellite projects the League established after 1914 is detailed through research that introduces new archival material to the field and moves the story of the organisation further into the twentieth century than ever before. This book is for students and academics as well as a general readership, and will open up and complement existing scholarship.

Reviews

twentieth century, the Actresses' Franchise League. The volume is formulated as a historiographically innovative critical biography of the organisation over the fifty years of its activities, and invites a total reassessment of the League within the accepted narratives of the development of political theatre in the UK. It makes a unique contribution to the history of twentieth century theatre, feminist theatre and the suffrage movement, by telling the story of the League, its members, and the creative interventions it made into national and international suffrage movements. From within the contexts of both theatre and suffrage histories, Stage Rights! looks in detail at the performative propaganda and strategies of the suffrage movement, the theatrical events that emerged directly in response to them, and the role of feminist actresses as activists within and beyond the campaign. The book considers the role of the League in exhibitions, marches, demonstrations and events, the visibility of suffragist women in public space, and suffrage militancy, on stage and off. The contribution of the League in the First and the Second World Wars, and the many satellite projects the League established after 1914 is detailed through research that introduces new archival material to the field and moves the story of the organisation further into the twentieth century than ever before. This book is for students and academics as well as a general readership, and will open up and complement existing scholarship.

Author Biography

Maggie B. Gale is Professor and Chair in Drama at The University of Manchester Maggie B. Gale is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham

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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: May 2018
  • 9781526114785 / 152611478X
  • United Kingdom
  • Manchester University Press
  • Readership: General/trade
  • Publish State: Published
  • Dimensions: 216 X 138 mm
  • Series: Women, Theatre and Performance
  • Reference Code: 8763