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Blue Stockings at Hatchlands Park November 2019


Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale

Guildburys will be revisiting their acclaimed production of Jessica Swales’ Blue Stockings in Autumn 2019 in a new production, performed in the music room of Hatchland’s Park  – the beautiful National Trust house on the outskirts of Guildford. We are delighted to have been invited to perform the play at Hatchland’s Park in celebration of Francis Boscawen (Fanny to her friends), wife of Hatchlands first owner who founded the first Bluestockings society which held its meetings at the house.

Premiered in 2013 at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, Jessica Swales’ play depicts the battle that women fought 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.’

Love or knowledge – which would you choose?

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The Music Room at Hatchlands Park


Published on: June 18th, 2018