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Blue Stockings 13 – 16 November 2019 at Hatchlands Park


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 Francis Boscawen, wife of Hatchlands first owner, and founder of the first Bluestockings society, which held its meetings at the house. We will be revisiting our acclaimed production of Jessica Swales’ play in Autumn 2019 in a brand new production, performed in the beautiful music room in the house.

Premiered in 2013 at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, the play depicts the battle fought by women to be permitted to graduate from Girton College, Cambridge. Set during a tumultuous academic year between 1896-97, 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, but unlike her male counterparts she is denied a degree.

Audience comments on Guildburys’ 2014 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 on Jessica Swale’s play

‘Cracking… leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome’  Guardian
‘Brings wit and intelligence to a meaty subject’  Evening Standard
‘Lively and eye-opening’  Independent
‘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 

Production photography Phill Griffith

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The Music Room at Hatchlands Park

Our 2015 Production


Published on: July 18th, 2018