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The National Theatre marks 100 years since the first British women won the vote with 'Courage Everywhere'


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This year marks the centenary of women's suffrage's first success: the passing of the Representation of the People Act in 1918. Though it only allowed certain women the right to vote - namely, women over the age of 30 who owned property - it was the first step in a series of motions which led to the voting equality we benefit from today.

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To celebrate this landmark, the National Theatre is hosting a season of events tying into the anniversary. These include rehearsed readings - led by remarkable directors Nadia Fall, Phyllida Lloyd, Jenny Sealey, Lyndsey Turner and Dawn Walton - as well as talks and discussions around the themes of suffrage, courage and the fight for political equality.

Producer Faye Merralls said: “This year has seen a wealth of work, art and conversation reflecting this centenary milestone and the NT is proud to be joining the celebration with Courage Everywhere. The season features a brilliantly eclectic mix of readings: from plays contemporary to the Suffragette movement; to thoroughly modern reflections, and a brand new piece that gives voice to the previously marginalised areas of the movement."

"The weekend is a celebration of how far we have come and what has been achieved as a result of the courage of many. This season aims to provoke those questions about the future.”

Images courtesy of the National Theatre

Highlights of the event include a reading of US writer Bryna Turner's new comedy 'Bull in a China shop', which labels itself as "a dynamic queering of history that traverses the generations", starring Jade Anouka and Leah Harvey; and free exhibition 'Dynamic Progress: Votes for Women and the Edwardian Stage', curated by Naomi Paxton and running until January 2019.

More information about the season can be found here.

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