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Blue Stockings (NHB Modern Plays) [Paperback]

Jessica Swale
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22 Aug 2013
Cambridge 1896, and Girton College, home to the country's first female students, is an object of annoyance and derision to the rest of the university. The year's intake of new women face economic difficulty, the distractions of men and radical politics, and the jaw-dropping prejudice that blights every aspect of academic life. Meanwhile, there looms the prospect of a controversial vote to decide: should these blue stockings be allowed to graduate?

Developed by the National Theatre Studio and receiving its world premiere at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre this glorious play is 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.

Jessica Swale is the author behind NHB's best selling Drama Games series.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (22 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848423292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848423299
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging play 27 Oct 2013
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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 Brilliant play 11 Sep 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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