Blue Stockings By Jessican Swale

a co-production with the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme

Directed by Gaye Poole

11 - 14 November 2015

A moving, comical and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination in 1896 at Girton. Girton College, Cambridge, was the first college in Britain to admit women. In Blue Stockings, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years study ferociously, determined to win the right to graduate. Little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the choices they must make or the strength of the opposition. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.

Production Team

Direction and production design: Gaye Poole
Production management: Gaye Poole
Costume design and construction: Cherie Cooke
Stage management and set construction: Jeremy Tomkins
ASM/Production assistance: Natalie Foste
Lighting design: Andrew Hall
Lighting operation: Andrew Hall or Jono Ross
Composition/sound operator: Sam Franicevic
Props management: Samantha Rowe
Wardrobe management: Amy Thomas
Graphic design/programme design: Natalie Trow
Marketing: Natalie Foster, Alice Kennedy, Gaye Poole, Brendan Theodore
Stills photography: Michael Smith
Videography: Luke Jacobs


Dr Maudsley, renowned psychiatrist: David Lumsden
Mrs Welsh, Mistress of Girton College: Sara Young
Tess Moffat, a Girton student: Missy Mooney/Alice Kennedy
Maeve Sullivan, a Girton student: Anna Mahon
Celia Willbond, a Girton student: Cian Gardner
Carolyn Addison, a Girton student: Gwen Lyon
Mr Banks, lecturer at Trinity and Girton: Conor Maxwell
Edwards, a Trinity student: Conor Gyde
Lloyd, a Trinity student: Caleb Coffey
Holmes, a Trinity student: Jeremy Tomkins
Ralph Mayhew, a Trinity student: Philip Garrity
Miss Blake, a lecturer at Girton College: Kirstine Moffat
Miss Bott, a chaperone: Fiona Martin
Librarian: Clive Lamdin
Minnie, a maid: Taila Burton
Will Bennett, a Kings student: Jonathan Eyers
Billy Sullivan, Maeve's brother: Caleb Coffey
Professor Anderson, lecturer at Trinity: David Lumsden
Professor Collins, lecturer at Trinity: Nicholas Bourchier
Professor Radleigh, board member at Trinity: Clive Lamdin
Maid: Natalie Foster
Mr Peck, gardener and maintenance man: Nicholas Bourchier
Mrs Lindley, shopkeeper in haberdashery: Gaenor Stoate
Waiter: Liam Hinton
Lady: Lily Empson
Husband: Jeremy Tomkins