Blue Stockings (NHB Modern Plays) Paperback – 22 Aug 2013
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Hurrah for Blue Stockings, a play that gets the boisterous Globe audience cheering for the cause of women's education and muttering darkly at those who oppose it; a play that unashamedly lectures its audience on the importance of the arts while examining the trials and tribulations of four brilliant, passionate young women who are desperate to become scientists. And hurrah for a play that places women's lives centre stage... It is tremendous fun, friendly in its feminism and it deserves to be popular. --Times Higher Educational Supplement
Jessica Swale's Blue Stockings could become the academic equivalent of Call the Midwife with its story of female students fighting for academic equality in the Cambridge of the late-19th century... Touching and entertaining, Swale tells the story with both wit and a hint of righteous indignation. --Telegraph
It's a meaty subject and Swale brings wit and intelligence to it... The play, which is feminist and political yet hardly tub-thumping, still has the power to absorb as it probes issues that remain pertinent today. --Evening Standard
Thoughtful and provocative... thoroughly researched and grippingly dramatised. --The Stage
Emotionally and politically charged... a lively and eye-opening piece about the battle for equality in education... One of the many pleasures of this play is that its heroines are intellectuals yet it's a crowd-pleaser too... Cracking... leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome... This is a vital period of British educational history… You certainly don't need to have been to Cambridge, or indeed any university, to engage with the theme of education as a cornerstone of freedom. --Guardian
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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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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