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Blue Stockings

By Jessica Swale
Directed by Natalie Romero

Tuesday 12th - Saturday 16th November 2024

Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre

It's 1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'blue stocking' - an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and unmarriageable.

In Jessica Swale's debut play, Blue Stockings, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate.

But little do they anticipate, though, the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.

Blue Stockings received its professional premiere at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in August 2013, directed by John Dove. The cast of characters includes up to 16 roles for male and female actors, with doubling, of diverse playing ages. 

Character Cast: 

The Girton Girls: Playing age 18 - 30

Celia Willbond: a fragile, hard worker
Tess Moffat: a curious girl
Carolyn Addison: an early bohemian
Maeve Sullivan: a mystery


The Boys: Playing age 18 - 30


Ralph Mayhew: a student at Trinity

Lloyd: a student at Trinity

Holmes: a student at Trinity

Edwards: a student at Trinity

Will Bennet: a student at Kings, friend of Tess

The Staff: Playing age 30+

Elizabeth Welsh: Mistress of Girton College

Dr Maudsley: renowned psychiatrist

Mr Banks: lecturer at both Girton and Trinity
Miss Blake: a lecturer at Girton

Prof. Collins: a lecturer at Trinity

Prof. Anderson: a lecturer at Trinity

Prof. Radleigh: a board member at Trinity

Minnie: the housemaid

Mr Peck: gardener and maintenance man

Miss Bott: chaperone


The Others

Billy Sullivan: Maeve’s brother (18 - 30)

Mrs Lindley: Haberdasher’s shopkeeper (30+)

A Librarian
Additional Male Students

A Lady and her Husband in a Café

More information on how to audition or get involved as crew will be coming shortly.

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