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By Jessica Swale

Directed by Amy Phillips

Wednesday 29th March - Saturday 1st April 2023 7.30pm

(Saturday matinee, 2.30pm)


FREE WORKSHOP AND AUDITIONS with director Amy Phillips.

MONDAY 9TH JANUARY 7PM, Sanctuary (please use Worple Road entrance).

Possible recalls Tuesday 10th January 7pm.  Everyone is welcome!


All parts can be played by any ethnicity. Playing ages in brackets.


The Girton Girls (early 20's)

TESS MOFFAT, a curious girl

CELIA WILLBOND, a fragile hard-worker

CAROLYN ADDISON, an early bohemian



The Boys (also early 20's)

Students at Trinity:





WILL BENNETT, a student at King's; Tess's friend


The Staff (The grown ups!  A range of ages from 30 years upwards)

ELIZABETH WELSH, Mistress of Girton College

DR MAUDSLEY, a renowned psychiatrist

MR BANKS, a lecturer at Girton and Trinity

MISS BLAKE, a lecturer at Girton 

PROFESSOR COLLINS, a lecturer at Trinity

PROFESSOR ANDERSON, a a lecturer at Trinity

PROFESSOR RADLEIGH, a board member at Trinity

MINNIE, the housemaid

MR PECK. the gardener and maintenance man

MISS BOTT, a chaperone



BILLY SULLIVAN, Maeve's brother

MRS LINLEY, shopkeeper in the haberdashery


Parts can be doubled (not Elizabeth Welsh or Tess)

'Love or knowledge: which would you choose?' 

Written by Jessica Swale, Blue Stockings is the empowering and surprising story of four young women fighting for their right to a university education in a world that assumed women belonged at home. First produced professionally at Shakespeare's Globe in 2013, and a sell out success, it is now regularly performed throughout the UK and beyond, and widely studied by GCSE drama students.

More details about Blue Stockings:

A moving, comical and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the larger backdrop of women's suffrage.

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 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.

Press Quotes:

'Cracking... leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome' Guardian

'Thoughtful and provocative... thoroughly researched and grippingly dramatised' The Stage

'Touching and entertaining... Swale tells the story with both wit and a hint of righteous indignation' Telegraph

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern books

Your Visit

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Lantern Arts Centre, Tolverne Road, London, SW20 8RA


The Lantern Arts Centre is accessible by wheelchair-users and people with restricted mobility, lifts are available for studios on the first floor, whereas ramps are in place to access the main auditorium. When booking please add any requirements in the seating requests section.