'John Woudberg’s exciting script is full of poetic language, as well as the sharp wit and defiant spirit of a woman prepared to risk everything for what she believes in. In her olive cord jacket and purple skirt, Edith might be dressed in the iconic colours of the suffragette movement, but she is otherwise the image of a middle-class woman of the time – yet one who uses her position to change the lives of future generations. Moore’s excellent performance captures the complexities of a fascinating, clever and funny woman, born ahead of her time. From “a little girl of principle to a lurking shadow in the night”; Edith’s story is a personal tale, but it also charts the evolution of the suffragette movement. It’s a compelling insight for anyone interested in human rights campaigning – or who simply appreciates a well-told story about a defining point in our history.'

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Stunning performance will linger long in the memory - Coventry Review

What a stunning performance from Claire Moore in this one-woman original play by award-winning company, Certain Curtain Theatre. It’s an outstanding portrayal of the suffragettes' fight and the horrendous times they went through to get the vote. The story is well documented, but this play brings it home in all its brutal detail.
Depicting each step of the journey with guts and determination, Claire’s voice never faltered as she told of the horrors endured by these brave women, focusing on one in particular, Edith Rigby, a doctor’s wife from Preston. Claire was Edith Rigby, and I stood side-by-side with her as she took me on a powerful, yet poignant, suffragette journey. READ MORE

'Woman On Fire' is a new, original play by the highly-acclaimed, Certain Curtain Theatre , that takes you into the fiery heart of one of the most dangerous, strange and 'modern-women', in history. By turns, funny, sad, tense and outrageous - but always utterly compelling - 'Woman On Fire' separates the myth from the truth, to leave you amazed...and moved...

The story of Edith Rigby remains largely unsung. Overshadowed by the more vociferous Pankhurst women, Edith nursed a quiet fire. Yet, inside this calm, affable doctor's daughter, raged a flame that burned white-hot - against social injustice and a political system that denied women their most basic human right - the right to be treated as citizens, in their own land - by denying them the right to vote

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This original play WOMAN ON FIRE aims to raise the profile of Edith and the issues she was passionate about - women's rights and social and welfare rights.  It tells the turbulent history of the UK's suffrage movement through the life and times of an unsung suffragette - Mrs Edith Rigby.

WOMAN ON FIRE is available for bookings for your event Contact Claire to discuss your needs

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Fri 6th March 2020


Otley Courthouse

Courthouse Street, Otley, West Yorkshire LS21 3AN

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Wed 8th April 2020


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Peter Louch - Without doubt, as others have added, a 5* show.

Brilliantly written, brilliantly performed.
Very informative and educational too.
Well done to all concerned.

Valerie McEwan - Grab the chance to see this before it ends.

Entertaining, educational and inspirational in full measure.
5 star for me.

Janice Butterworth - 5stars
Deserves to win the Amnesty award for highlighting so beautifully the struggle women went through to be recognised as human beings and be given the basic right to vote! Poignant and funny - I laughed and cried in equal measure - fabulous writing and performance.

Larry Eagleman - Brilliant actress pulls out all the stops to tell the amazing story of these gutsy British women, with scripting to make us Yanks proud to share the English language. Go see it! This was the first show my wife and I booked before we left the states and we're going to make it the last thing we see again before we leave.

Mo Taylor - Political theatre at its best! Go see this!

My friends and I loved this - beautifully scripted and expertly performed - we came out ready to change the world! Engaging, funny, poignant and deeply moving. Go and take your friends

Perwina Whitmore

A real insight into the suffragette movement from the perspective of one activist. Perfectly performed. Go!



Engrossing and moving representation of a woman's life and movement to violence in struggling for justice in the face of male domination and intransigence, as well as female criticism - captures Edith's sense of desperation and her suffering - well worth seeing, very moving and an important reflection of how a minority in a society struggle to achieve social change that later everyone takes for granted - but at the time that minority is reviled, condemned and attacked.
What price justice and why should it be so ?

Jenny Black

This is beautifully written and up for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award - deservedly. Fantastic actress takes you on a personal journey of one Suffragette finding her way through the fight to win women the vote - some beautiful language by the writer lifts this to another level - all girls and young women should see this.


Denise Hurd

Well acted and well written one woman show about a compelling figure of the Suffragette movement. Passionately realized and expertly performed. Go see it!


Debra Merrett

Brilliant theatre, expertly performed. Highly recommended


Charlotte Richardson

This is a gripping, passionate history lesson about those women who fought for our rights.