“The play traces the efforts of the suffragists, led by Nellie McClung and the Political Equality League, to win the vote in pre-World War I Canada. The play combines the themes of politics, prohibition and suffrage, but treats them with liberal amounts of humour, music and vitality. The result makes for a fast-moving, free-wheeling evening’s entertainment.” (From the CPO Website)
Sir Rodmond Roblin: the Premier of Manitoba; a portly dignified man in his early sixties
P.T. Fletcher: the parliamentary secretary to Sir Rodmond Roblin
Nellie McClung: a social reformer, novelist and suffragist; an attractive woman in her fifties
Frances Beynon: a journalist and suffragist
Lillian Beynon Thomas: a journalist and suffragist, Frances’ sister
E. Cora Hind: an agriculture expert and journalist, a forceful woman in her early fifties
Mr. Wilson: a rancher form Calgary, Alberta
Gerry: an insurance clerk
Mr. Black: Gerry’s boss
Adelaide Roblin: the wife to Sir Rodmond Roblin
Mr. Ackroyd: a factory owner
Two factory women: Mr. Ackroyd’s employees
C.P. Walker: a theatre magnate
A man: petitioner for male suffrage
Evelyn: an Eastern woman
Millicent: Evelyn’s sister
Tobias Crawford Norris: leader of the Liberal party, a man in his early fifties
Various Members of the Legislative Assemble – male cast members
Various Members of the Mock Parliament – female cast members
1974, Redlight Theatre
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Roles can be doubled.
An overview of Nellie McClung and her work can be found on the Canadian Encyclopedia website here.