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The hip hop musical about the life of Emmeline Pankhurst and the fight for votes for women.
The hip hop musical about the life of Emmeline Pankhurst and the fight for votes for women.
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NEW - STRETCH GOALS

As of 1:00pm on 13 February we have almost reached our initial goal, which means we can continue to develop Suffrageddon as a theatre piece for the next few months at least. But we don't want to stop there, so here are some stretch goals.

SUFFRAGEDDON THE ALBUM

If we get to £20,000 we will unlock new rewards for Suffrageddon the album. You will be able to pre-order copies of all the Suffrageddon music to listen to.

SUFFRAGEDDON THE TOUR

If we get to £30,000 we will unlock new rewards for Suffrageddon the tour. We will take Suffrageddon on the road, to cities and music festivals throughout the UK and Europe.

SUFFRAGEDDON THE EXPERIENCE

If we get to £40,000 we will unlock new rewards for new ways to experience, inhabit and be a part of Suffrageddoon.

Don't stop now!

Suffrageddon is the brand-new hip-hop musical telling the story of Emmeline Pankhurst and the fight for votes for women. It's the story of British women then, told by British women now (with no apologies to the wonderful Lin-Manuel Miranda because this isn't a time to be apologising to men!) It is an opportunity for women of colour to reframe a narrative which often excludes them and a chance for the world to see this story told through the revolutionary beats of hip hop. 

The piece is being created and composed by Rebecca Phillips and Mark Hodge, with writing and performances from Roxxxan, Oracy Chambers, Aminita Francis and Koko Brown. It has been commissioned by Deborah Frances-White and is a Guilty Feminist production.

One hundred years ago some British women over thirty won the vote, While suffragettes were not always inclusive, we believe their idea was bigger than their intention and it has arrived with these talented women setting this story to a revolutionary beat in Suffrageddon. 

Our aim is to turn Suffageddon into a full length show and a series of viral films by the end of the year. 

From the performance at the Palladium. Picture by Darren Johnson
From the performance at the Palladium. Picture by Darren Johnson

We presented the first 12 minutes of developed material at The Palladium which was the product of weeks of development and rehearsal. We were determined to make sure everyone was paid properly for their time. Presenting it at the Palladium also meant a big investment in equipment hire. 

We now want to keep building on this incredible start and keep developing the piece over the course of 2018, but we need more funds to do this.

Anything you can provide will help. Creating a brand-new musical from scratch is expensive but we have seen how amazing and important this shows can be.

Now let's make it happen.

From the producer Deborah Frances-White: "On 6 February, we celebrated living the dreams of the suffragettes, some who didn’t live to see the promised land. Tomorrow we will wake up on day one of the next one hundred years and work for a better life for girls not yet born. In the meantime, I’m a feminist but… I love a musical as much as I love a revolution. Let's make both!" 

Risks and challenges

Any theatrical enterprise is risky, but the team we have is very devoted. The key creative team is Mark and Rebecca, both of whom are dedicated to seeing this through. Although we would prefer to keep working with the current cast, all of whom have contributed tremendously to the 12 minute version, the project can survive any of them departing, if they get an offer they can't refuse.

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    Digital copy of The Suffrageddon EP

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    Personalised copy of the EP

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    Free tickets to a single performance of Suffrageddon, of your choice including as part of Guilty Feminist recordings, plus written thanks in the programme and access to behind-the-scenes videos.

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    Handwritten lyrics from one song, signed by the creators of Suffrageddon

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    Member of Parliament

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    The cast will create a rap about you and send you a free video of them performing it

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