The Suffragette Project York
The Suffragette Project York

In summer 2017 York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre’s next large-scale community theatre co-production will stage the story of York’s suffragette movement and the ongoing struggle for female empowerment.

This exciting production follows the success of previous community co-productions Blood + Chocolate (2013) and In Fog and Falling Snow (2015).

We saw Blood + Chocolate and thought it was fantastic so we’re looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

“In early-twentieth century York apparently ordinary women with homes, husbands and children resolved to make a change. They ran safe houses, organised meetings, smashed windows and fire-bombed pillar boxes. It was risky, it was exhilarating, it was ground-breaking: but until now the story of York’s suffragettes has not been told.”

The as yet untitled production will draw on a range of historical research to set the story within both the national suffragette campaign at the start of the 20th century and the present day, a hundred years later.

The play will be performed on a spectacular scale by a cast of around 150 volunteers, who will once again perform on the streets of York before for the first time moving onto the stage at York Theatre Royal.

The sign up page says there will be parts for women and men of all ages, from Heworth housewives and railway workers to teenage arsonists and the Prime Minister.

There’s a whole host of areas that you could get involved with including:

  • Cast
  • Choir
  • Front of House
  • Stage Management
  • Costume
  • Promotions
  • Prop/set-making
  • Lighting & sound
  • Administration
  • Archive
  • Photography

If you fancy joining in with this project check out the FAQs or sign up here.