Out of the Cage
Park Theatre – 2015
★★★★ The Stage
‘An inspiring story about women’s struggle for equality’
Inspired by the munition women of Silvertown, London during the First World War, OUT OF THE CAGE tells the story of women’s courage, dignity and hope, fired in the crucible of war.
“We ain’t goin’ back, we’re movin’ on
We’re pullin’ the plug
These roarin’ machines’ll grind to a halt
We’re standin’ by our lathes
We’re makin’ our demands
Equal rights. Equal pay”
Early spring 1916, before the slaughter of the Somme, munitionettes all over London met in secret to decide the fate of thousands of fellow co-workers. Their choice was simple: stand up to the belligerent attitude of male workers and an intractable government or forever be seen as second-class citizens of the Empire.
Were they dangerous and disruptive elements undermining their country at a time of war, or inspiring visionaries of a better world prepared to fight for a fairer future?
★★★★ ‘The tension is palpable and utterly encapsulating’ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ ‘You’ll hang onto every word they speak’ Broadway Baby
★★★★ ‘Must see theatre… Funny, emotional and moving’ London Theatre1
‘Packs an emotional punch’ Time Out
Alex McSweeney | Writer and Director
James Perkins | Designer
Gary Bowman | Lighting designer
John Chambers | Composer and Sound Designer
Simon Pittman | Movement Director
Robyn Keynes | Associate Producer
CAST: Heather Bleasdale, Milly Finch, Lindsay Fraser, Tegen Hitchens, Emily Houghton, Sarah Madigan, Jill McAusland, Katherine Tozer.
Out Of The Cage was supported by Arts Council England, Stage One and Legasee.