Hidden Stories Part 2


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Sat 2 April 2022 12:00

Are you a budding writer? Join us for a valuable advice session on how writers can protect their work

Know your Rights: Contracts, Commissions and Competitions | 12pm – 1pm
WGGB Deputy General, Lesley Gannon, discusses what writers need to be aware of when getting their work staged and how the Writers’ Guild can help

This followed by two powerful stories depicting how women have been treated in the English legal system

Now You See Me by Carly Halse | 2pm
The “hidden story” of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in England. The year was 1955. Ruth Ellis openly admitted to the murder of her lover David Blakely who she shot at the Magdala pub in London. What is little know though is that Blakely was violent and controlling. A few days before the murder he had brutally beaten Ruth and she suffered a miscarriage . At a time when she needed support her close make friend Desmond Cussen gave her a gun and showed her how to use it. He was never called to account. Her case led to changes in the law recognising the defence of diminished responsibility

Darlint Peidi by Rosemary Hill | 2.40pm
Edith Thompson was executed in 1923 alongside her young lover Frederick Bywaters. Edith Thompson apparently knew nothing about the plan to murder her husband, Percy. Bywaters always maintained he acted alone. But Thompson was older than him and seen as an immoral seducer. She was also a dreamer who wrote letters to her lover describing their perfect life together after her husband was gone. Was she executed for adultery rather than murder, a victim of the social climate of the time? If she had lived through the swinging sixties would society have judged her differently?

Q & A – What has happened since #Metoo? How has the industry dealt with sexual harassment? | 3.30pm
Join us for a Q & A after the performance in the Event Space at MK Gallery. Chaired by Maureen Beattie, panel members include Rosemary Hill, Carly Halse and Sarah Berger.

These performances will be BSL interpreted.

Full festival programme

Supported by Arts Council England


MK Gallery are partnering with The Play’s The Thing to present a four-day festival of women in theatre and film. You are very welcome to join us for the individual events or we have a day pass and a full festival pass available to purchase.

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