Press Cuttings

I attended a performance of the short Bernard Shaw play Press Cuttings on Sunday evening at the Pentameters Theatre. Originally published in 1909, it is a satirical comedy about the ‘Votes for Women’ campaign. It is set in 1912, three years in the (then) future, when the actions of the suffragettes have supposedly led the government to declare martial law.

The play ridicules the arguments made by the anti-suffrage campaigners in a very funny and often very modern way. Shaw’s longer plays can be a bit long-winded; his shorter plays naturally do not suffer this flaw and Press Cuttings is an example of how good he can be.

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