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Blue Stockings Play Text

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Jessica Swale

 

1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'blue stocking' - an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and unmarriageable.

 

In Jessica Swale's debut play, Blue Stockings, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.

 

Blue Stockings will receive its professional premiere at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in August 2013, directed by John Dove. Jessica Swale is a theatre director and the author of two volumes in Nick Hern's popular Drama Games series.

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