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Salisbury 1917: aspiring young journalist Dorothy Lawrence returns to spend the summer with her wealthy guardian. She is suffering from a nervous complaint and is harbouring secrets that she is not allowed to tell.

 

What made one woman brave enough to follow her ambition and act alone? How was she affected by what she saw on the on the front line? And what led up to her admittance to Hanwell Lunatic Asylum in 1925?

 

With two performers, dark humour and an orginal score, this show explores the explosive personality at the heart of this extraordinary story.

 

 

Based on detailed original research and a year-long process of audience development, this show brought a hidden piece of Wiltshire history back to life in it's centenary year.

 

To see the promotional trailer click here

THIS PRODUCTION TOURED 4th MARCH - 11TH JULY 2016:

 

Friday 4th March The Pound arts centre

Monday 7th March Bath Spa University

Thursday 10th March The Wardrobe Museum, Salisbury

Friday 11th March Ruskin College, Oxford

Monday 21st March The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse

Monday 30th June The Chalke Valley History Festival

Thursday 7th July Hamilton House, Bristol

Friday 8th July Bradford on Avon Library 

Monday 11th July Hayesfield Girls' School, Bath

 

 

Directed and conceived by LIZZIE CRARER

Artistic advisor - KATH BURLINSON

 

Music by NATALIE BRICE

Sound Recording by SEBASTIAN BRICE

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM

 

Dorothy Lawrence - NAOMI ZARA

The MC - ELEANOR BUCHAN

 

Written and devised by Lizzie Crarer, Naomi Zara, and Eleanor Buchan

‘A creative way to celebrate the achievements of an energetic and courageous woman’​

The Fine Times Recorder

 

 ‘Thank you, Dorothy, you’ve been an inspiration, reminding us that a hundred years ago, astonishing courage and

heroic determination could still be found behind Edwardian corsetry.’

British Theatre Guide

 

‘A wonderful script, exhilaratingly acted’

‘Performed with enormous courage and determination’

'Genuine radiance and passion'

Audience feedback

 

Thanks to our Kickstarter backers:

Dan Wilkinson, Harry Hogarth, Harriet Lupton, Neil Moore, Diane Samuels, Catherine Carter, Simon James, Nicholas Smith, Angela Wilcox, Sarah Brocklehurst, Alan Humphreys, Emily and Rob Chapman