Women and Theatre in the Age of Suffrage: The Pioneer Players, 1911-1925

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The innovative work of the Pioneer Players, a London-based theater society founded in 1911 by Edith Craig, is explored here for the first time, drawing on original archive research and taking an interdisciplinary approach to women's involvement in theater during British women's suffrage movement. This book tests the claim that the Pioneer Players was a "women's theater," and investigates in a literary context the Pioneer Players' relationships ...
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Overview

The innovative work of the Pioneer Players, a London-based theater society founded in 1911 by Edith Craig, is explored here for the first time, drawing on original archive research and taking an interdisciplinary approach to women's involvement in theater during British women's suffrage movement. This book tests the claim that the Pioneer Players was a "women's theater," and investigates in a literary context the Pioneer Players' relationships to the women's suffrage movement, feminism, and women's writing.
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Cockin (English U. of Hull) has written a biography of Edith Craig (1869-1947), who founded the London-based theater society Pioneer Players in 1911. Here she draws on original archival research and takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore women's involvement in theater during the British women's suffrage movement. She tests the claim that the Players was a women's theater, and investigates in a literary context its relationship to the movement and to feminism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780333686966
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharine Cockin is Lecturer in English, University of Hull.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Acknowledgements
1 Introducing the Pioneer Players 1
2 The Costs of a Free Theatre 16
3 The Feminist Play of Ideas and the Art of Propaganda 41
4 Pioneers Perform Politics 67
5 Working Women 88
6 Outside Marriage 112
7 The Luck of War 135
8 Towards an Art Theatre 166
9 On the Verge 188
App. I Pioneer Players' Productions 199
App. II Subscription Performances - Plays and Dramatists Statistical Analysis of Data from Annual Reports 204
Notes 206
Bibliography 219
Index 230
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