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Play takes a behind-the-headlines look at the lives of suffragettes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:00 24 April 2019

Broad Horizons production of Rebellious Sisterhood is being staged at Diss Coren Hall. Picture: Broad Horizons

Broad Horizons production of Rebellious Sisterhood is being staged at Diss Coren Hall. Picture: Broad Horizons

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A play taking a fly-on-the-wall look at the private lives of a group of suffragettes is being performed at Diss Corn Hall.

Broad Horizons production of Rebellious Sisterhood is being staged at Diss Coren Hall. Picture: Dave Guttridge/Broad HorizonsBroad Horizons production of Rebellious Sisterhood is being staged at Diss Coren Hall. Picture: Dave Guttridge/Broad Horizons

Presented by Norfolk-based Broad Horizons Theatre Company, Rebellious Sisterhood – Votes For Women begins as, on her release from prison in the early 1900s, Emmeline Pankhurst takes refuge at the home of her friend, the composer Ethel Smyth.

However, the pair's peace and tranquillity is disturbed by the arrival of Grace Roe, a young firebrand fresh from turning East Anglia into a hotbed of suffragette protest.

Broad Horizons production of Rebellious Sisterhood is being staged at Diss Coren Hall. Picture: Broad HorizonsBroad Horizons production of Rebellious Sisterhood is being staged at Diss Coren Hall. Picture: Broad Horizons

Memories of hunger strikes, force feeding and martyrdom are balanced by exciting rallies, camaraderie and humour, as family rifts, rivalries and growing violence threaten the three women, who begin to wonder whether the end can really justify the means, or the price paid.

Directed by Cordelia Spence of Stuff of Dreams Theatre and featuring Shirley Day as Mrs Pankhurst, Judi Daykin as Dame Ethel and Kiara Hawker as Grace Roe, the play, which commemorates the centenary of women winning the vote, was written by Karen Forbes in her first commission since graduating with an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in 2017.

Broad Horizons production of Rebellious Sisterhood is being staged at Diss Coren Hall. Picture: Broad HorizonsBroad Horizons production of Rebellious Sisterhood is being staged at Diss Coren Hall. Picture: Broad Horizons

The production enjoyed a successful tour at the end of last year.

Broad Horizons founder Ms Daykin said the company was keen to create new plays focusing on women's history, often with a local connection.

Broad Horizons production of Rebellious Sisterhood is being staged at Diss Coren Hall. Picture: Broad HorizonsBroad Horizons production of Rebellious Sisterhood is being staged at Diss Coren Hall. Picture: Broad Horizons

She added: “We aim to tour in conjuction with local venues and groups into areas which don't always have a lot of theatre provision.”

• Rebellious Sisterhood will be performed at Diss Corn Hall on April 25, 7.30pm, £12 (£10 cons), 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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