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Blue Stockings November 13 – 16 at Hatchlands Park National Trust

Love or knowledge –  which would you choose ?

Guildburys are delighted to have been invited to perform ‘Blue Stockings’ at the National Trust’s Hatchlands Park on the outskirts of Guildford, in celebration of Frances Boscawen, wife of Hatchlands first owner, and a founding member of the first Bluestocking Society. The Bluestockings met regularly, hosting salons at each other’s houses including at Hatchlands and we will be revisiting our 2015 production of Jessica Swale’s play in a brand new production, performed in the beautiful music room in the house.

Premiered in 2013 at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, and set during a tumultuous academic year between 1896-97, ‘Blue Stockings’ depicts the battle fought by women to be permitted to graduate from Girton College, Cambridge, where, unlike their male counterparts women are denied a degree.The play follows feisty Tess Moffat and 3 of her fellow students as they join the vanguard of women’s education. Tess studies hard, dances the can-can, has her heart broken and passionately embraces education.

2019 has special significance for Girton college as it celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding.

Audience comments on Guildburys’ 2015 production

‘Magnificent. I was privileged to be there last night. The performance was excellent and beautifully presented by all.’

‘Thought-provoked and emotionally stirred by tonight’s performance of Blue Stockings.’ 

Press Quotes about Jessica Swale’s play

‘Cracking… leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome’  The 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’  The Telegraph 

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Published on: April 18th, 2019