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Barbican Theatre

The Barbican Theatre’s auditorium was buzzing when it hosted Oxygen-Nation, an evening of theatre extracts pre-ceded by a question time event with an audience of young people directing questions to, and getting answers from, some of the city’s leaders.

The evening was held to celebrate and commemorate the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage of 1913 that saw a group of women start walking from Land’s End to Hyde Park to highlight the inequalities women were facing in society. The evening was run in association with Dreadnought South West, a new organisation who work with arts and heritage to champion women’s voices and stories, whose new play Oxygen is currently touring the South West performing at many of the stopping places that the women visited en route to London.

Proceedings were kicked off by speakers Josie Sutcliffe, Director of Oxygen, Roberta Mock, Professor of Performance Studies at  Plymouth University and Kathy Wallis whose grandmother was a Suffragrette.

Read Roberta’s uplifting speech here…

suffragettes talk barbican june 2013.docx

Young people from various youth groups across the city were keen to get their questions answered by the panel who included PCC Director of Place Carol Burgoyne, Councillor for St Peter & the Waterfront ward Chris Penberthy, Councillor for Devonport Kate Taylor (also one of the youngest councillors in the country), Ann James, Head of the NHS in Plymouth, Phil Gibby, Head of the Arts Council SW and Harry Samuels from the Youth Parliament in the South West.