Woman On Fire

Woman On Fire

Woman On Fire

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Mild-mannered doctor’s wife, arsonist, suffragette-bomber.
How far will you go for what you believe in?

Friday 27 April : 7.30pm

2018 Archive

Audience reactions to 'Woman On Fire'

2018 marks 100 years since women (those over 30 with property) won the right to vote in the UK.

Woman on Fire is an original play that will take you into the fiery heart of one of the most dangerous women in history. Ruthless terrorist or impassioned freedom fighter? This dynamic solo-performance lets you decide.

Presented by award-winning Lancashire based Certain Curtain Theatre, Woman on Fire recounts the turbulent history of the suffrage movement through the eyes and life of Mrs Edith Rigby, a mild-mannered doctor’s wife with a secret identity – that of arsonist, bomber and jujitsu-trained militant suffragette.

Jailed six times she went on hunger strike to the point of starvation. Released, she went toe-to-toe in ferocious pitched battles with the police.

Written and directed by John Woudberg and performed by Claire Moore (Lady In Red)

Woman on Fire seeks to shed light on suffragette history and the mystery that is Edith Rigby.

75 minutes followed by optional Q&A with writer/director and performer.

John Woudberg’s exciting 
script is full of poetic language, as well as the sharp wit and defiant spirit of a woman prepared to risk everything for what she believes in. In her olive cord jacket and purple skirt, Edith might be dressed in the iconic colours of the suffragette movement, but she is otherwise the image of a middle-class woman of the time – yet one who uses her position to change the lives of future generations. Moore’s excellent performance captures the complexities of a fascinating, clever and funny woman, born ahead of her time. From “a little girl of principle to a lurking shadow in the night”; Edith’s story is a personal tale, but it also charts the evolution of the suffragette movement. It’s a compelling insight for anyone interested in human rights campaigning – or who simply appreciates a well-told story about a defining point in our history.

★★★★ The Scotsman