Review: Courage Calls to Courage: The Suffragist Musical – Abbie McGrath

Show: Courage Calls to Courage: The Suffragist Musical
Venue: PQA Venues @ Riddles Court – Q2
Star rating: ****
Reviewer: Abbie McGrath

Courage Calls to Courage provides a timely reminder of the sacrifices and struggles women have fought to allow us the freedom and rights we have today. As a musical about how women got the right to vote, Courage Calls to Courage provided someone who considers herself an informed feminist an inspiring educational experience. Not only covering the timeline of suffrage, the musical shows the inner conflicts of women with completely different mindsets aiming to achieve the same goal, living in a time where their everyday lives were restricted by oppression.

Instantly captivating, the show begins with the introduction of our narrators who guide us through the momentous timeline of women’s suffrage. The passion of the cast is clear throughout the entirety of the show, drawing the audience into the story of the powerful women who shaped our history. Humour is perfectly balanced with the weight of the storyline, not just through telling the tales of the shocking misogyny these women suffered but acknowledging the everyday sexism women experience 100 years on.

The music throughout the show was by far the most impressive element of the night. In a musical that could be fairly challenging to follow, the wonderfully performed musical numbers carries us along with the story, allowing us to feel the conflicts steadily rising; and then the sense of accomplishment and hope as the show draws to a close. Courage Calls to Courage takes us through the lives of women who would never get the chance to truly appreciate their impact, detailing their lives in a way that I haven’t experienced before. The show flies in with their fantastic music and entertaining narrators, ending the evening with a feeling of unity. Whether you are new to learning the history of suffrage or a well-educated feminist, Courage Calls to Courage should be on your list.

Courage Calls to Courage: The Suffragist Musical – tickets available here
PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court – Q2
2-9 August
19:00 (1 hour 10 min)

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