A revolutionary tale of how a group of women broke the mould and challenged the stifling conventions of Edwardian Britain will be appearing in the Brewery theatre next week.
The Brewery Young Actors Company will be performing The Gut Girls by Sarah Daniels which follows the lives of friends who work in the gutting sheds of the cattle market, where they earn more in a week than they would in a year of domestic service.
Their lives are changed – for better or for worse – by the charitable intervention of the affluent Lady Helena, an aristocratic woman who hopes to help the girls out of what was seen as an “unwomanly” profession and into the far more ladylike profession of domestic service.
Centred around women’s rights, classism, and the girls’ control in their own futures, The Gut Girls is a funny, serious, and necessary take on how society views women with much contemporary relevance.
Abbi Lawson who plays Lady Helena said: “We’ve all really enjoyed putting The Gut Girls together especially as the story is so relevant to contemporary society and the characters interesting and relatable. It’s both humorous and, at times, serious, but the whole process has been fun and eye-opening. We’ve also all been involved in making the period costumes which has been very interesting.”
The Gut Girls is on 8 and 9 March at 7.30pm. For details call box office on 015389 725133 or visit the website www.breweryarts.co.uk