The Gloucester Theatre Company has created a new piece of theatre to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The piece features a production of a new play called A Dangerous Woman (shortlisted for the Adrian Pagan New Writing Award) and a devised presentation, inspired by the words of poets, pacifists and other protesters.
The project has received support from The Heritage Lottery and will explore a largely-forgotten aspect of the history of WW1 – namely that many people opposed it on the grounds that it was an unnecessary “politician’s war”, which could have been resolved through peaceful means.
A Dangerous Woman tells the incredible story of Alice Wheeldon, a Suffragette and single-mother, who sheltered conscription-evaders from arrest. On the basis of fabricated evidence, Alice was imprisoned for “attempting to assassinate the Prime Minister”, though she was later cleared of all charges. Her story is a powerful human drama, exposing just how far the British Government was prepared to go to silence those who opposed the war.
The cast for the show includes a mixture of exciting and upcoming young actors – recent graduates of RADA and LAMDA – and more seasoned professionals from the south west. It is directed by The Gloucester Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Alexander J Gifford.
Performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 13 – Wednesday 14 February. Tickets: £13 adults, £12 concs.
For more information, visit: thegloucestertheatrecompany.co.uk