Play’s tribute to our county’s suffragette

Deborah Clair (left as Emily) and Philippa Urquart as the House of Commons cleaner Mary Tatton. Picture by Peter Mould.
Deborah Clair (left as Emily) and Philippa Urquart as the House of Commons cleaner Mary Tatton. Picture by Peter Mould.

A highly acclaimed play about Northumberland suffragette Emily Wilding Davison will be staged in Newbiggin.

A Necessary Woman, co-written by actors Deborah Clair and Philippa Urquart, imagines a meeting between a parliamentary cleaner and the women’s rights campaigner as she hid in the House of Commons to record it as her place of abode for the 1911 national census.

Deborah, who plays Emily, said she and Philippa are proud to take on the roles.

“As an actor I am always on the look-out for great female roles,” she said.

“I had heard about Emily’s cleaning cupboard protest in Parliament on census night 1911, and marvelled at her bravery and ingenuity.

“Phillipa (who plays cleaner Mary Tatton) and I have been on a momentous journey.”

The play has been touring venues around the country and will arrive in Newbiggin after a week at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and following a performance in Morpeth when a statue of Emily will be unveiled.

It can be seen at 7pm, on Wednesday, September 12, at Newbiggin Maritime Centre.

Tickets are £6 and are available from the centre on 01670 811951.