Emily Wilding Davison: The Story of a Suffragette, on Stage ...
Emily Wilding Davison was an ordinary woman, pushed to extraordinary deeds, who died under the galloping hooves of King George’s Derby horse in 1913 whilst campaigning for what she believed in and helping to bring equality to her fellow women.
Telling the story of this phenomenal woman, and the events leading to her untimely end, the production of Emily at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on 3rd April explores the struggle for women to have the vote in the first half of the 20th Century. Only a little over 100 years ago, it is astounding to consider the changes that we have seen in only a century.
Yet, in a world that still sees the public horse-whipping of protestors such as members of the punk band Pussy Riot in Sochi recently, Emily resonates with questions that still challenge the world today: Repression of public protest, democracy, militancy, torture, women’s rights and self-sacrifice.
But at the very heart of this moving play is a real woman with her own hopes, frustrations, humour and beliefs, who went from being a school-teacher, to one of the most well-known names in the fight for suffrage and who courageously and whole-heartedly embraced the WSPU slogan of “Deeds not Words”.
Age guidance 10+