Women of Wealden

Students ‘WoW’ the Crowd!

A DRAMATIC performance by three students to mark the centenary of voting rights for women ‘brought tears to the eyes’ of audience members at the Women of Wealden (WoW) Suffrage exhibition.

Year 10 pupils Eleanor Mumford, Marvella Horthy and Jasmine Bolton performed Evelyn Glover’s Miss Appleyard’s Awakening before a packed house at the Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre.

The girls had just four weeks to prepare for the performance but, sacrificing lunchtimes and time after school to rehearse, delivered an accomplished and often stirring performance by all accounts.

Written in the elaborate and - to our ears - complex language of the time, the 1911 play centres on the struggle between the suffrage and anti-suffrage movement, and on what it meant to be a woman in the Edwardian era.

And yet in spite of such weighty subject matter, and of the pressure of performing to a remarkably proximate audience under the glare of house lights, the girls - who volunteered for the project, and who gave up their Saturday night - seemed to take it all in their stride.

All agreed they were real ambassadors for the school, and in commemorating such an important milestone, ambassadors for women everywhere.