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Blue Stockings (NHB Modern Plays) [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Swale
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Book Description

A moving, comical and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the larger backdrop of women’s suffrage.

1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'blue stocking' - an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and unmarriageable.

In ?Blue Stockings?, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.

'Cracking... leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome' Guardian

'Lively and eye-opening' Independent

'Touching and entertaining... Swale tells the story with both wit and a hint of righteous indignation' Telegraph

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Cracking... leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome. --Guardian

Thoughtful and provocative... thoroughly researched and grippingly dramatised. --The Stage

Touching and entertaining... Swale tells the story with both wit and a hint of righteous indignation. --Telegraph

About the Author

Jessica is a London-based Theatre Director, playwright and author of a best selling series on acting and drama games for Nick Hern Books.

She is Artistic Director of multi-award nominated Red Handed Theatre Company, which she set up after training at Central School of Speech & Drama and the University of Exeter. Recent productions include SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME, THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE RIVALS starring Celia Imrie, the London premiere of PALACE OF THE END and THE BELLE'S STRATAGEM, for which she was nominated for Best Director in the Evening Standard Awards.

Recent work elsewhere includes BEDLAM (Shakespeare's Globe), WINTER (Theatre Newfoundland, Canada), HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE (RADA), FINDING ALICE (National Tour), ONE TURBULENT AMBASSADOR (Lyric Hammersmith) and SERIOUS MONEY (Pegasus Theatre). She is Artistic Associate for Youth Bridge Global, an International NGO, for whom she has directed Shakespeare in Bosnia-in-Herzegovina and the Marshall Islands.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 216 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3A13WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Nov. 2014
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Excellent book cant believe women had to wait 50 years before they were allowed to graduate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant play 11 Sept. 2013
I saw this play at The Globe in London and thought it was amazing. It details how women tried to get the right to graduate at university in 1897.
After seeing the play, I bought this just so I could read it all myself. I have to admit reading the play is not as good as seeing it but I would still highly recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging play 27 Oct. 2013
By Evans
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I went to the performance of the ply at the Globe, but seeing and hearing was not good from where we were; so I was glad to be able to read the play and pick up ideas that i had missed in the production
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5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favorites 19 April 2015
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Phenomenal play! Absolutely my new favorite. I bought it for a class project on contemporary plays and fell in love. There are two great monologues for young women in this (Maeve's in Act I, Scene 10 and Tess's in Act II, Scene 10). I didn't realize that the author, Jessica Swale, also wrote one of my favorite Drama Games book until I was doing some research on her. I want to read more of her writing!

The only complaints I have about this play are that the scenes are broken into many, very small scenes, which can seem choppy, and that it requires such a large cast that it's impractical to perform at most student-run venues.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 May 2015
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Looking for my next play
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