Dr Naomi Paxton

22 September, 2018

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The Bungalow Cafe Festival presents

Dr Naomi Paxton

Saturday 22nd September 5:30pm at NST City Rehearsal Room


The Actresses’ Franchise League was formed in 1908 by a group of theatre professionals who wanted to support the Votes for Women campaign through their work. The organisation produced a huge variety of entertainments and was a key part of the performative propaganda of the suffrage movement, embracing new forms, new spaces, new ideas and new audiences. In this talk Dr Naomi Paxton will explore the work and legacy of the suffragist actresses and actors of the Actresses’ Franchise League, and the part that theatre and performance played in the campaign for the vote.

Dr Naomi Paxton is a researcher, writer and performer. Her doctoral research at the University of Manchester explored the work of the Actresses' Franchise League, and her research interests include the performative propaganda of the suffrage movement, and networks and cultural histories of feminist theatre.

Naomi frequently speaks about her research in public, is a BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinker, and recently curated an exhibition in Parliament entitled What Difference Did the War Make? World War One and Votes for Women, which is available to view online at www.parliament.uk/whatdifference

She is an Associate Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and Associate Artist of feminist production hub Scary Little Girls, and still performs as her comedy character Ada Campe, recently winning the 2018 New Act of the Year, and the 2018 Old Comedian of the Year competitions.  Publications include The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays (Bloomsbury, 2013), Stage Rights! The Actresses’ Franchise League, activism and politics 1908-1958 (Manchester University Press, 2018) and The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays: Taking the Stage (Bloomsbury, 2018)