Blue Stockings on show at Welwyn Garden City theatre

PUBLISHED: 11:30 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:30 24 October 2014

Mark Skrebels as Mr Banks, Georgina Bennett as Tess, Louise Parr as Carolyn and Kat Peacock as Celia in Blue Stockings at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

Mark Skrebels as Mr Banks, Georgina Bennett as Tess, Louise Parr as Carolyn and Kat Peacock as Celia in Blue Stockings at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

John Davies

A funny, romantic and shocking look at a key episode in the battle for equality will be played out on a Welwyn Garden City stage.

Blue Stockings at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

Blue Stockings at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale is the latest play being produced at the Barn Theatre.

Directed by Linda Dyne, the production runs at the Handside Lane theatre from today (Friday, October 24) to Saturday, November 1.

In 1896 at Cambridge University something is unsettling and utterly baffling the young men.

With the feminist and suffragette movement building momentum, a small group of determined educationalists and aspiring students are campaigning for young women to have the right to graduate.

Blue Stockings will be performed at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden CityBlue Stockings will be performed at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

What they come up against is the prevailing wind of the day – science that tells them too much education could wither their wombs, and a social stigma that academic achievement leads to loss of femininity, along with any chance of marriage, a family or any normal life.

Blue Stockings is a story of young women, ordinary in their desires, but extraordinary in their place in history.

A spokeswoman for the Barn said: “It shows us where we have come from, and challenges us to look at where we are now.”

Originally produced at London’s Globe Theatre, Blue Stockings is a shocking and stirring new play which will leave the audience feeling elated, appalled, and thoroughly educated.

Evening performances are at 8pm and there is an additional matinee on Saturday, November 1 at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £11 and are available online at www.barntheatre.co.uk or from the box office on 01707 324300.

* See this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out now, for director Linda Dyne’s thoughts on the play Blue Stockings.

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