Constance & Eva at The Bread & Roses Theatre
Monday 4 September 2017
London Fringe - Shows
A new play by Kimberly Campanello about two sisters who abandoned their privileged upbringing to become political radicals, starts on 17 September 2017.
Image: Bread & Roses Theatre
Constance & Eva will play at Clapham's Bread & Roses Theatre from 17 to 27 September 2017, and is written by Kimberly Campanello and directed by Luke Davies.
Constance was a suffragette, a labour activist, an instrumental figure in the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, and the first woman to be elected to Westminster (though as a member of Sinn Fein she did not take her seat).
Eva was a suffragette, a women's workers' rights advocate in Manchester, a publisher of a pioneering journal on gender and sexuality in London, and a pacifist.
Both women were famous - even infamous - during their lifetimes, but history has largely forgotten them.
Constance & Eva is a multimedia reimagining of the lives of these two sisters, bringing together archive footage, found text and performance to tell their story.
It is a first time collaboration between the poet Kimberly Campanello (Strange Country, Hymn to Kali) and director Luke Davies (Chemsex Monologues, HIV Monologues), and is Urania's first production.
The play examines the potentialities and complexities of social and political activism so relevant in a post-Trump, post-Brexit context.
Image: Eva Gore-Booth and sister Constance Gore-Booth
Kimberly Campanello said ...
"When I first learned of these sisters I was immediately struck by their relentless commitment to political action and their love of art and language.
Researching them in the archives with actor Charlotte Gallagher felt like an intimate conversation with contemporaries - wicked smart and full on."
Director, Luke Davies comments ...
"Kimberly Campanello's debut play is a vital piece of work, not just because it reminds us about the achievements of two brilliant women - but also because it asks searching questions about how we relate to our own environment, and our comparative struggles."
Eva: Hannah Berry; Constance: Charlotte Gallagher
Written by Kimberly Campanello
Directed by Luke Davies
Sound design by JP Thwaites
Film by Sandeep Gill
Set design by Luke Davies
Presented by Urania, in association with The Bread & Roses Theatre
The Bread and Roses Theatre
68 Clapham Manor Street
London SW4 6DZ
17 to 27 September 2017
(except: 2.30pm only on 23rd; no performance on 24th)
Running time: 60-70 mins
£12; concessions £10