Dartmouth Players will present The Fighting Days by Wendy Lill.

 

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The Fighting Days by the internationally recognized Dartmouth playwright, (and past Member of Parliament) Wendy Lill, tells the story of the women’s suffrage movement in Canada from the inside perspective. It is an historical play that blends political themes with powerful human drama. Dealing with timeless moral concerns, it is inhabited by strong, articulate, three-dimensional female characters. The play is an historian’s delight, a director’s dream of a larger-than-life drama and, for the actresses involved, a rare and precious opportunity to delve into the hearts and minds of women who found themselves in the midst of a profound political struggle.

The women’s suffrage movement of the early 1900s was a testament to the sacrifice of women to get the right to vote. A newspaper editor Francis Marion Beynon becomes friends with famed suffragette Nellie McClung. While the two women fight together to get women the vote (which they accomplished in Manitoba in 1916), the First World War splits them on the issues of conscription – and whether immigrant women should be allowed to vote as well as British and Canadian-born “Empire women”. Their friendship and political beliefs are tested. Nellie supports the war, conscription and giving only Dominion women the right to vote whereas Francis believes in peace and that all women should vote.

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