Performances at R&D celebrate 100 years of social change for women

2018 marks 100 years since the first women in Britain were given the vote. A series of special productions have been commissioned to examine the social and cultural changes for women in society.


Throughout 2018, there have been many special anniversaries in the journey for the rights of women in British Society.  This gives us a unique opportunity to not only shine a light on the achievements and social change this journey has brought about, but also to look at the present day and ask, ‘What’s changed’ and ‘Where do we go from here?’

To celebrate and mark these anniversaries, Royal and Derngate, The Play’s the Thing Theatre Company and Cornerstone Arts Centre have been working with professional theatre companies and community groups from Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire to create 4 new performances and an installation that seek to measure the impact of the last 100 years of social and political change for women – from the Suffragettes to the #MeToo movement.

At this special celebration, Royal & Derngate’s own community company, The Actors Company, will be joined by the four other projects that have been developed to present a festival of theatre mentored by leading theatre companies: Stan’s Cafe – working with The Actors CompanyVamos – working with Abingdon and Witney CollegePaper Birds – working with Pepper’s Ghost Theatre Company,Haste – working with Didcot Girls School and ZooCo Theatre – working with Stantonbury Campus.


On 21 October, you can catch all four performances from 3.30pm in the Royal auditiorium – tickets are £8 per show, or £12 for all four, and available on the Royal & Derngate website.