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Theatre Brings Vote 100 to Chippenham

Tickets are currently on sale for The Cause, an imagined meeting between two women’s suffrage greats, which will be performed at Chippenham’s medieval Yelde Hall on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June as part of a tour across the South West.

This dynamic production by Dreadnought South West marks the centenary year of the first votes for some women in 1918 and has an original musical score and film animation projected for thrilling visual effect. Supported with funding from Arts Council England, the performance explores how Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett campaigned for so long and the different means they used to do so.

Councillor Sandie Webb, Leader of Chippenham Town Council said “It is fantastic to welcome such a high calibre production to Chippenham as part of our town’s cultural offering. The Cause is sure to be an emotive and thought provoking performance.”

The Cause is part of a season of events led by Chippenham Museum to mark the Vote 100 centenary. Ticket holders can also choose to enjoy a free EqualiTea Party at Chippenham Town Hall on Saturday 16 June 1 – 2pm, a nation-wide project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Guests can enjoy refreshments and games to mark 90 years since the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act became law. The tea party must be booked additionally by calling Chippenham Museum on 01249 705020.

Chippenham Town Council will also be hosting the Rebellious Sounds Archive at the Town Hall from 8 – 22 June. This pop-up listening booth is an interactive archive of women’s contemporary stories of activism in the South West region.

Melissa Barnett, Curator of Chippenham Museum, said “We are thrilled to be working with Dreadnought South West to create such an engaging programme of activities in Chippenham to mark this important milestone in history.”

Performances of The Cause will take place on Friday 15 June at 7.30pm and Saturday 16 June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £12, £10 for concessions including students, over 60s and NHS workers. Booking is essential and tickets are available on the Neeld’s website, the Neeld Box Office on 01249 446699 or by visiting the Town Hall.

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