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Women in Suffolk

Upcoming events to celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day

Eastern Angles Theatre Company:

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig

Eastern Angles presents The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig – a raucous Scottish pub lock-in play full of folky musical moments as Prudencia goes on a mysterious journey and meets the Devil.

The show is touring across the county to village halls and theatres from 15th March – 27th May. Venue highlights include performances at Isaacs on the Quay in Ipswich as part of Books East Festival in May.



Fri 31 March | 7:30PM

A fusion of ballet, contemporary and African dance is what makes Bawren Tavaziva’s interpretation of the Carmen story so beautiful, sensual and strikingly powerful. Performed by six stunning dancers, Africarmen ignites this classic tale of desire, deceit and corruption in an African township where military corruption is rife. Carmen dangerously and defiantly ignores all warnings in the perusal of a better life but tragedy follows her like a shadow in hot sun.

This performance is high-energy and fast-paced, taking you on a powerful journey through Carmen’s tragic search for a better life.

The specially commissioned original soundtrack is composed and arranged by composer and trombonist Fayyaz Virji, founding member of The Jazz Warriors and member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Red Rose Chain:

The Importance of Being Earnest

21st March 2017 - 9th April 2017

Join Joanna Carrick, Red Rose Chain’s Artistic Director (and Lady Bracknell herself!) to hear all about the process of re-imagining Wilde’s world-famous comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, alongside fellow cast members Leonie Spilsbury and Joanna Sawyer talking about their feisty fictional counterparts Cecily and Gwendolen. The talk is free for ticket holders so whether you come along for the talk post-show after the 3pm matinee, or pre-show before the 7:30pm evening performance, it’s a special event not to be missed!

The Importance of Being Earnest runs from 21 March – 9 April at The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich.

Tickets can be booked online or over the phone on 01473 603388

Felixstowe Book Festival:


Saturday June 11 3.00—4.00pm, The Elizabeth Suite, The Orwell Hotel £8 (£7)

One of Britain's foremost contemporary artists, Maggi Hambling is renowned for a prolific corpus, best known for her portraits, paintings of the sea, and public sculpture - both celebrated and controversial.   Less familiar but equally significant are her works on paper, dynamic and sensuous - condensing the themes of life and death which underscore her art. She forges an immediate and powerful connection with the subject being drawn, and it is this concept of ‘touch’ which pervades her work. Hambling will be discussing her new book which was published to coincide with an important retrospective of her work on paper at the British Museum which opened in 2016.  An exhibition of her new paintings and sculpture, titled EDGE, is on show at Marlborough Fine Art in London from 2 March until 13 April.

Leiston Long Shop Museum:

  • 9th June – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Exhibition opening
  • 10th June – Special Talk from Diana Quick on the life and achievements of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, first British female Doctor and Mayor. Tickets £5, available in advance.
  • 21st July – 18th August - Holiday Family Trail celebrating the New Hospital for Women, staffed entirely by women! Only 50p per trail, includes prize.
  • 16th August – Workshop Wednesday: Marvellous Medicine! 1-4pm drop-in afternoon for families to get hands-on with history and science, with experiments and activities. FREE with museum admission. Parking and refreshments available.
  • 30th September and 1sts October – Promenade performances on the life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (more info to come as not us organising but can be left out!)
  • 28th October – The Charge of the Parasol! A Community performance celebrating the achievements of Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson from Whitechapel to Mayor. Part of National Museums at Night.

Ipswich Women’s Festival Group

Ipswich Women's Festival Group are fundraising with a quiz and afternoon tea at Arlingtons, Ipswich on Sunday 5th March for International Women’s Day. So get a team together and enjoy the event from 3 - 6pm.Tickets are £10 and can be purchased from Arlingtons.

Bury Theatre Royal:


Mary Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London in 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823. This is a brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror masterpiece fusing ensemble storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality.

Weds 8 – Thurs 9 March

£21.50 - £8.50

New Wolsey Theatre:

Silver Lining by Sandi Toksvig


Silver Lining is the hilarious new comedy by writer, actor, presenter and political activist Sandi Toksvig. Starring Sheila Reid, Joanna Monro, Amanda Walker, Rachel Davies and Maggie McCarthy. It tells the tale of five extraordinary yet forgotten women, who come together one treacherous night to recreate The Great Escape – senior citizen style!

Suffolk Records Office:

Archives: Colour with Us! 

Monday 13th March 12.00-2.00pm at Lowestoft Record Office

This is free colouring in for grown ups! People can come along and get creative with images from Suffolk archives.  This two hour drop in session provides an oasis of calm in a busy day, during which people can discover beautiful images taken from our original historic archive and manuscripts which have been reproduced ready for people to add their artistic flare.  They can enjoy a cup of tea and bring along their packed lunch for a gentle and mindful lunchtime session. 

The images provided to colour in will include some scenes of local women in contemporary dress. 

There are always opportunities to step back in history at Suffolk Records Office. Explore the collections to find out about some of the Suffolk women who’ve contributed to the history of the county. There is a collection of letters from suffragette Elizabeth Garrett Anderson on display, including ones from her life-long friend, feminist, suffragist and a pioneering campaigner for women’s education, Emily Davies.

Listen in on the 13th March to BBC Radio Suffolk where Bridget Hanley will be speaking to Lesley Dolphin on BBC Radio Suffolk to promote the marvellous collections we have relating to women’s history especially Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and how our new building - The Hold and associated Activity Plan called Mapping Suffolk Stories will involve local groups and communities in helping us to discover, explore and capture the stories of local women and the contributions they have made to local, national and international events.

Colchester and Ipswich Museums:

Cake and Revolution

Cake and Revolution invite you to a black tie gala charity evening in the beautiful surroundings of Ipswich Museum, celebrating women throughout history. There’ll be Music and entertainment from a formidable array of fabulous women, including the amazing Tallulah Goodtimes.

2nd March 2017, 7pm – 10pm at Ipswich Museum. £12 tickets which include bubbles on arrival and cake galore. Please note event is black-tie and 18+.

Brought to you by Cake and Revolution WI, the new radical WI for women of our generation. All proceeds to Lighthouse Women's Aid.

Cake and Revolution WI won the chance to host this evening at Ipswich museum as part of Ipswich Museum’s open call for the community to take over and run the Museum for a night. 

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