The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays is an anthology of eight exciting pieces written by supporters of the Suffrage Movement and by members of the Actresses Franchise League. Immediately playable, the plays offer strong, varied roles for female casts, while also providing invaluable source material to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines.
The Actresses' Franchise League was founded in 1908, 'as a bond of union between all women in the Theatrical profession who are in sympathy with the Woman's Franchise Movement'. The plays featured in this collection articulate the arguments of the Suffrage Movement through a variety of styles and offer a fascinating glimpse into the range of opinions and hopes held by its proponents. Together, they perfectly illustrate the use of drama as a medium for both entertainment and social change.
Supplemented with illustrations and an introduction exploring the history of the Actresses' Franchise League and the context and provenance of the plays, this is an excellent resource for both study and performance.