The Sainsbury Theatre
Thursday 1 April at 7:30pm
Tuesday 6 April at 7:30pm
About the show
“They say you don’t have the capacity to be scholars. So read everything. Learn everything. Know the philosophers, and then think for yourselves.”
It’s 1896 and four young women have just begun their studies at Girton College, Cambridge. They may not yet have the right to a degree like their male peers, but they are still determined to study the sciences, learn about the world and evade their chaperones.
Turned away from lectures and dismissed as ‘blue-stockings’, they are challenged by teachers and family alike – forcing them to confront everything that stands in their way, including their own ideas.
Jessica Swale is an Olivier award-winning playwright, film-maker and director. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and Exeter University.
She was listed in Variety Magazine’s Top Ten Brits to Watch in 2019 for her forthcoming work in film and inducted into BAFTA.
As a playwright, her first play Blue Stockings (Shakespeare’s Globe) won her a nomination for Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright and is now on the GCSE Drama syllabus. Her second play Nell Gwynn (2016) transferred from Shakespeare’s Globe to the West End starring Gemma Arterton and won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. She is currently writing the screenplay for Working Title.
Jessica is an associate artist with NGO Youth Bridge Global, author of a best-selling series of drama games books and she is also involved in Times Up UK, actively campaigning for greater equality and diversity across theatre and film.
Georgia Green is a director and writer who trained at the Orange Tree Theatre and Goldsmiths University, London. Her work looks to bring to life bold and surprising stories that make you think and make you feel alive. Previous work includes The Mikvah Project (The Orange Tree Theatre and BBC Radio Four) for which she was nominated as Best Director at The Stage Debut Awards 2020.
Includes themes of an adult nature, smoke and haze, and use of theatrical pyrotechnics.
Photos: Alex Brenner
Set and Costume Designer
Assistant Lighting Designer
Assistant Sound Designer
Miss. Bott, Dr. Maudsley, Mrs. Lindley
Ralph, Prof. Collins, Mr Peck
Edwards, Prof. Radleigh
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Production Sound Engineer
Deputy Production Carpenter
Claudia Penna Rojas
Photos: SRTaylor Photography