Transcript of my speech at the Mary Anning Rocks Fundraising event, February 2019, Art University Bournemouth
Review: Rouse Ye Women – The Story of Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers, by Townsend Theatre Productions.
I’ll be very upfront about it – I loved this play. Described as a ‘folk ballad opera’, and written by John Kirkpatrick and Neil Gore, this production made me feel like I was there with the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath, ready to drop tools alongside them, join the union and demand fairer pay.
How do you solve a problem like Marie Stopes? A new play by Dorset-based AsOne Theatre company has made a good attempt to. Escaping the Storm examines Stopes’ life through the lens of her time on Portland, where she bought the lighthouse she retreated to amidst the storm of public outcry that often surrounded her.
Stopes was a hugely controversial figure, whose work arguably impacted the lives of millions of women positively, and yet she also held some deeply disturbing views.
Sheroes: Doctor Christine Blasey Ford, Anita Hill and other sexual assault survivors
Shero strength: Courage
I feel like I’m a beat behind in writing this. I wanted to write something weeks ago as the conversation around Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court began and Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations were made public. I wanted to write something after her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. I wanted to write something when her words, and the words of other women who have claimed he assaulted them, ultimately failed to have any affect and he was voted into the Supreme Court with a count of 50 to 48. I wanted to write something when Donald (f***ing) Trump apologised to Kavanaugh ‘on behalf of the nation’.
I recently shared the quote below on the Sheroes UK Instagram account. It got a lot of likes, and quite rightly so. We remember these sheroes, and others, because of their actions, their character, their courage, their determination, their passion.