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.
Constance & Eva at the Bread & Roses Theatre

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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 Markiewicz and Eva Gore-Booth were two aristocratic Anglo-Irish sisters who relinquished their privileged upbringing to dedicate their lives to a range of causes.

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.

Constance & Eva at the The Bread & Roses Theatre

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

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