Suffrageddon is the amazing new hip-hop musical about the life of Emmeline Pankhurst and the fight for votes for women.
It's the story of British women then, told by British women now (with no apologies to the wonderful Lin-Manuel Miranda because this isn't a time to be apologising to men!) It is an opportunity for women of colour to reframe a narrative which often excludes them and a chance for the world to see this story told through the revolutionary beats of hip hop.
The piece is being created and composed by Rebecca Phillips and Mark Hodge, with writing and performances from Roxxxan, Oracy Chambers, Aminita Francis and Koko Brown. It has been commissioned by Deborah Frances-White and is a Guilty Feminist production.
One hundred years ago some British women over thirty won the vote, While suffragettes were not always inclusive, we believe their idea was bigger than their intention and it has arrived with these talented women setting this story to a revolutionary beat in Suffrageddon.
Our aim is to turn Suffageddon into a full length show by the end of the year.
We presented the first 12 minutes of developed material at The Palladium which was the product of weeks of development and rehearsal. We were determined to make sure everyone was paid properly for their time. Presenting it at the Palladium also meant a big investment in equipment hire.
We now want to keep building on this incredible start and keep developing the piece over the course of 2018, but we need more funds to do this. A Kickstarter campaign recently raised enough money to cover the production of an EP and fund development until June 2018 when we expect to have half an hour to show, but generous podcast listeners have been asking how they can continue to help after the Kickstarter ended. Here's how.
Anything you can provide will help. Creating a brand-new musical from scratch is expensive but we have seen how amazing and important this shows can be.
Now let's make it happen.
From the producer Deborah Frances-White: "On 6 February, we celebrated living the dreams of the suffragettes, some who didn’t live to see the promised land. Tomorrow we will wake up on day one of the next one hundred years and work for a better life for girls not yet born. In the meantime, I’m a feminist but… I love a musical as much as I love a revolution. Let's make both!"