Time Out "Critics' Choice" Cabaret Ensemble
The Bluestocking Society
Secrets of the Bluestockings
Touring Winter 2020 - Spring 2021
A cabaret history of Women's Lib
Since the eighteenth century, the Bluestocking Society has run a top secret female resistance movement. Join three undercover members in an all-singing, all-dancing cabaret with a twist; telling the story of some of history's most incredible, oft-forgotten, trailblazing women.
"London's most celebrated sorority" Time Out
"a riotous sell-out success"
Nottingham Theatre Royal
"It was inspiring and hilarious...you three were an absolute delight. Thank you" Audience feedback
Secrets of the Bluestockings is a scripted theatre-cabaret show that tells the fascinating story of the original Bluestocking Society - the first female literary salon in Britain in the eighteenth century, where no topic was off limits. At a time when it was unseemly for women to have any education or practise the arts, the society was the height of rebellion. We explore the history of those first "bluestockings", delve into the lives of more trailblazing women in history and reimagine the Bluestocking Society as 21st century secret agents. A bit like a "WI meeting meets an MI5 recruitment drive."
It is charmingly (and deliberately) low-tech, making it suitable for all kinds of venues. Packed with fascinating facts, original songs, razor-sharp wit, audience participation and a highly original raffle, Secrets of the Bluestockings is a hugely fun, historically accurate cabaret romp. It even creates Marvel-style action sequences using only a ball of wool.
Staging is flexible and the show works brilliantly in theatre venues, cabaret venues, village halls, bookshops.
Some previous shows:
Tara Arts Theatre, London - part of Women's Arts Festival
Nottingham Theatre Royal Third Space
Red Brick Building Community Arts Centre, Glastonbury
Alfred Gillett Trust - The Grange, Street, Somerset - for International Women's Day
Norton Fitzwarren Village Hall, nr Taunton - for International Women's Day
The Harrison, London
The Blue School, Wells, Somerset - for International Women's Day
Shaftesbury Fringe Festival