Speaking Out

A Heritage Project About Women’s Associations in Dalton.

Speaking Out is a project to create a radio play based on a a collection of newspaper clippings collected by Miss Heys, a member of Lonsdale Women’s Unionist Association and prizewinning public speaker. Miss Heys and the Dalton Branch public speaking team won many local competitions as well as doing the town proud at regional level.

The period covered is a fascinating period for women in public life as women had won full equal voting rights in the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act in 1928. We will explore the changes to public life that suffrage presented to women and explore the local Women’s Association movement. We are looking for volunteers to research, produce and record an original radio play, to be broadcast on community radio station CandoFM.

The play will look at women’s standing in public life, how suffrage changed their lives and how Women’s Associations impacted on local life. The play will be written and produced by the community with help from playwright and poet Kate Davis, and sound recordist Shaun Blezard.

Contact Shaun on 07743 822114 or email shaun.daltoncreatives@gmail.com for more details.

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