This week Lola Beal (1st year, English) acted in a sell-out run of a newly written play concerning women’s suffrage in the early 20th Century. She writes:
“‘The Only Way is Suffrage’ was a new play written by Charlotte Delaney, the Writer-in-Residence for Oxford’s Women in Humanities, set in 1911 at the heart of the movement for female Suffrage: Manchester. Set over the course of a single day, in the claustrophobic underground kitchen of a large house, the young, working-class and outspoken Bathsheba and her older middle-class mistress, Mrs M, clash over questions of the vote – how far should it go? What makes Delaney’s play so interesting is that is confronts more than suffrage – it focuses on the class divide in the Suffrage Movement. As Bathsheba says: “I want more than just votes for women, I want somebody decent for women to vote for!”
Well done to Lola for representing Jesus in a university-wide production, the play was a pleasure to watch!