Well, it’s been a while! We’ve been on holiday to the Lofoten Islands and engaging in other great interests – travel and photography.
Then a week later I went to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party. I was nominated and invited as a “thank you” for our contribution to the arts in Milton Keynes. I wouldn’t say I was a great monarchist, but I was very chuffed to be invited. It’s wonderful to be recognised and appreciated.
It was a great day - the tea was lovely, there were bands playing and the gardens were open and they are beautiful. The sun also shone. We also bumped into another great supporter of the arts in MK – Chris Bridgman and his wife Sarah. Chris has been very supportive of our theatre work both financially and in many other ways. He’s always been a wonderful advocate. It was great to see him there. He really deserves a big thank you also.
Shoulder To Shoulder – One Hundred Years of Women’s Suffrage
This is really getting going now! We had our first workshop with the wonderful Paper Birds Theatre Company this week.
Led by Kylie Perry we had a really fun day and there was a great turn out. Kylie shared the Paper Birds way of devising and we were all buzzing by the end ready to go off and do lots of research. We also had member of the Fawcett Society there who will be helping with research, but they also threw themselves into the devising process so will be performing also!
Named after Millicent Fawcett (a statue has just been erected on her honour in London), a keen suffragist who used peaceful means to try and gain the vote, the society is now the country’s leading charity in the continued campaign for gender equality and women’s rights. www.fawcettsociety.org.uk
As we progress we’ll keep you updated on the project which is also running in Oxfordshire and Northampton. We’ll have more information on these in the weeks to come.