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The Leeds Suffragette Story

December 2018 marked the centenary of the first General Election in which some women could vote for the very first time - we were lucky enough to present We Are Outlaws, a piece celebrating the women of Leeds who were part of the Suffragette Movement.  Thank you to all those who were able to join us on the 14th December 2018!


‘We women are outside the constitution. We are outlaws.’



A woman from Leeds, Leonora Cohen, enters the Tower of London.

Concealed under her coat, an iron bar.

She reaches the Jewel House, summons all her strength.

And smashes a glass showcase in the name of Women’s Suffrage.


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Friday 14th December 2018

The Civic Hall, Leeds

What the audience thought:

"Wow amazing. I laughed, I cried. You had it all."

"Superb production - proud to be a woman from Leeds!"

"Brilliant. In creation, writing, singing & performance. A really good insight into the WSPU in Leeds."

"It was very impressive, emotive, and relevant. I feel proud to be a woman."



Writer / Director - Olivia Race

Writer / Producer - Alice Barber

Writer / Community Director / Dramaturg -Elvi Piper

Musical Director - Claire-Marie Seddon

Designer - Antony Jones


Leonora Cohen - Martelle Edinborough

Mary Gawthorpe - Leanne Rowley

Annie Kenney - Kirsty Pennycook

Emmeline Pankhurst / Ensemble - Victoria Brazier

Lilian Lenton / Ensemble - Olivia Race

Christabel Pankhurst - Alice Barber



Mary Baker

Vera Baker

Suphena Clarke

Victoria Clarke-Dunn

Sarah Cotterill

Devan Dallas

Caitlin Gorman

Natalie Harris

Jessica Heggie

Jo Heggie


Cheryl Holland

Andrew Howorth

Ruth Jamieson

Maureen Kershaw

Sam Milnes

Liz Payiatis

Liz Radice

Georgie Spedding

Susannah Tunnacliffe

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