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Stage rights!The Actresses' Franchise League, activism and politics 1908-58$
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Naomi Paxton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526114785

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526114785.001.0001

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Stage rights!

Naomi Paxton

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the participation of the Actresses' Franchise League in large immersive indoor suffrage exhibitions, fairs and bazaars, introducing their work within the context of the performative propaganda strategies of the wider suffrage movement and its interventions in public visually oriented space. Beginning with a particular focus on the WSPU Women’s Exhibition of 1909, this chapter considers representations of women and womanhood in suffrage plays and entertainments and how theatre and performance was used to explore issues of violence, imprisonment and activism.

Keywords:   Exhibitions, Performative propaganda, Womanhood, Violence, Suffrage plays, WSPU, Immersive

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