It has been 100 years since women got the vote. Will this be another show that just simply nods its head towards the fight of the suffragettes? Or a show that feels more like a boring history lesson? Far from it. This snaps you up and never loosens. Theatre-Maker Phoebe Kemp brings you an immensely powerful production, telling the tale of a forgotten story.
It is 1918, meet May Billinghurts. A woman full of passion, kindness, true family love and the utmost dedication to eradicate injustice towards women. We meet the family and friends, whose personalities, ticks, and gestures are so finely tuned by our solo performer you can easily keep up with the pace. And what pace it goes. Kemps, May is full of life and razzmatazz as she teaches us the ins and outs, the ups and downs, of her life. Making it extremely clear, that if it wasn’t for the hard, bulky, near impossible to steer tricycle, that binds May to an image of disability and pity, this woman would have no problem in leading the fight herself to equality. Exposing the bravery, willingness and hope Billinghurtst had in creating a world we now take for granted.
Phoebe Kemps performance never falters, she never lets the show drop and builds a relationship with such power and love between the spectator, she leaves your heart-breaking.
Apart from a few odd moments of sound effects, a script that could have a little cutting and maybe the need to scrap the arty movement sections. This show is certainly going to be a hit on its UK tour. Kemp has created a piece that begins by talking about the past and ends with the very sobering fact we are far from equality. The fight is certainly not done.
A one woman show that portrays the un-known struggle with such detail and commitment, you are spellbound throughout.