KNICKERBOCKER GLORIES which is directed by Samantha Bond and Sam Kenyon will be played at The Union Theatre from Tues 8th – Sat 26th June 2010.
KNICKERBOCKER GLORIES is a triple bill of one-act Suffragette comedies written for the Actresses Franchise League – a group founded in December 1908 at the Criterion restaurant which supported the suffrage cause and included the most famous West End actresses of the Edwardian period. Three comic plays in one evening? You didn’t know that there were such things? Come and be delighted by a slice of feminist, political and theatrical history that still challenges us today!
‘Lady Geraldine’s Speech’ by Beatrice Harraden
‘Miss Appleyard’s Awakening’ by Evelyn Glover
‘How The Vote Was Won’ by Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St John
In ‘Miss Appleyard’s Awakening’ an anti-suffrage campaigner collecting signatures for a petition finds herself in the home of a sympathizer but ends up inadvertently drawing her hostesses’ attention to the contradictions in her arguments – and leaves having had quite the opposite effect than the one she intended.
‘Lady Geraldine’s Speech’ is a fantastic, fun piece for six actresses – Lady Geraldine hasn’t thought through the Suffrage cause and, on a visit to an old school friend meets some charismatic, successful and intelligent women who soon enlighten and encourage her onto the right path!
‘How The Vote Was Won’ was and remains one of the most popular suffrage plays – Horace Cole finds his comfortable home invaded by his female relations when all the women in Britain decide to stop work and demand support from their nearest male relative… what will he do?
KNICKERBOCKER GLORIES is a rare chance to see three fully staged pieces from the theatrical archives – featuring a fantastic cast, brilliant directors and in the Union theatre, one of London’s finest fringe venues with a growing reputation for high-quality programming and production.
Directed by: Samantha Bond, who was last in the West End in Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’ and who, of course, is best known for playing Miss Moneypenny in four James Bond films; Sam Kenyon is an actor, author and musician last seen in the West End in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and ‘Take Flight’ at the Menier Chocolate Factory. His most recent directing credit is Northern Stage’s ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ for which he also did the musical arrangement.
Cast: Karen Fisher-Pollard, Jeremy Lloyd Thomas, Ruth Keeling, Kathryn Martin, Charlotte Moore, Naomi Paxton, Celestine Randall, Beatrice Rose, Finnian Tweed