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A true tale of Suffragettes defending themselves with Jiu Jitsu. A new theatre show inspiring young people to see they can change the world.

by Esther Ferry-Kennington in Rossendale, England, United Kingdom

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liz-oneill 23rd March 2018

Big Imaginations are delighted to support this show from one of our members, and look forward to programming it when the time comes. Power to all the strong women out there - in history and now!

Sarah Davies 17th March 2018

The way this project has already inspired and informed so many children is wonderful. Can't wait to see what happens next

Jonathan Howell 19th February 2018

A friend & colleague, Tony Wolf, in 2009 published a short booklet about "Edith Garrud - the suffragette who knew Jiu-Jitsu". I teach at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and we have been talking about the subject. I noticed that 'Babes with Blades' in Chicago have also produced a play on the subject - 'The Good Fight'. So, all the very best with your version.

Dee Lynch 18th February 2018

Sounds like it will be a great show, telling a really interesting and important part of the suffragette story. We look forward to seeing it (and the prints are fantastic!)

Clive Boutle 12th February 2018

This is a project that really captures the imagination in the centenary year of women's suffrage. A hidden story of the suffrage movement. Wonderful!

Adam Bennett 7th February 2018

Hi. To save you the postage of sending the print to Australia, send it care of Penny Francis 86 Bromfelde Road London SW4 6PR I will be there early May. Good Luck!

mich noquet 7th February 2018

Really important to get the stories out to young people, particularly young girls and women to reminded us all how precious their vote is and how hard won it was

Janet Ferry 6th February 2018

This project is absolutely inspirational and will be a great way to bring serious historic issues in an accessible way to a new, young audience! Can't wait to see it!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Exclusive blog and music content

Throughout the production between now and September you will receive at least two exclusive blog letters per month telling you of the development aspects of the show, photos of puppets as they are made, interviews with the creative team and cast and at least one exclusive music track from the score of the show.

£30 or more

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Exclusive print signed by the artist

The image seen here on the crowdfunder has been developed specifically for the show by artist Gretchen Maynard-Hahn who is Visual Director and puppet-maker for the show. This reward will also include all exclusive blog and music content offered in the previous reward level. You will receive you print in April but blog content will continue through to September.

£50 or more

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Meet the creative team at an exclusive show

There will be an exclusive showing of Suffrajitsu at The Boo, Rossendale in Oct2018 (Date to be confirmed in Apr '18). You will meet the cast, writer, directors and makers of the show. You can ask questions about creative choices and see what further plans for the show. This reward will also include all exclusive blog and music content and an exclusive print offered in the previous reward level. This reward also includes exclusive blog content.

£50 or more

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Remember an important person in your life

Is there a person in your life that deserves some recognition? We know you don't need to be a famous suffragette to be a heroine. With this reward we will put your nominated person's name in our programme and on the webpage of the show. Will also send you a signed copy of the programme. This reward will also receive exclusive blog and music content and an exclusive print as per previous rewards.

£200 or more

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All rewards plus signed copy of the script

For £200 we will offer you all of the rewards listed previously Exclusive blog and music content Print signed by the artist A memorable person's name in the programme and on the website Tickets to an exclusive showing of Suffrajitsu at The Boo where you will meet the cast and Directors. PLUS Script signed by the writer, creative team and cast.

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