19:45, Tue 13th – Sat 17th May 2014 at ADC Theatre
Easter Week 3
London 1913. The Suffragette Movement is at its height. Emily Davidson has just fallen in front of a horse. Thousands of women of all classes serve time in Holloway prison in their fight to gain the vote. Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith discusses the issues in parliament. Lady Celia Cain feels trapped by the policies of the day and a frustrating marriage. In prison she meets a young seamstress, Eve Douglas, with whom she begins an affair. Passion and politics coalesce as they pursue an erotic and intense affair. Eve is subjected to force-feeding, and slowly their relationship and the sanity of their minds fall apart as Celia uses her position of social privilege to leave prison. Finally, Eve breaks down in prison and Celia leaves her husband, William. This is a play where personal lives intermingle with politics and women struggle to get their voices heard in a patriarchal government.
The independent called it “a great drama about women, by a woman” and Michael Billington of the Guardian gave it 4 stars and declared that “Lenkiewicz’s real concern is to show how female militancy transcended class and sexual convention.”
Her Naked Skin was the first play written by a woman to be performed on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre in 2008.