Forgotten fight of Constance and Eva remembered at Bread & Roses Theatre

Activists forgotten in history, Constance and Eva is a new play by Kimberly Campanello about two sisters who abandoned their privileged upbringing in Ireland to become political radicals.

Constance and Eva, which opens at London’s Bread & Roses Theatre on September 17, tells the story of Constance Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth who battled imperialism, fought for women’s rights, and sought to redefine gender and sexuality.

They were famous – even infamous – during their lifetimes, but history has largely forgotten them.

The drama is a multimedia re-imagining of the lives of the two sisters, bringing together archive footage, found text and performance to tell their story.

It is a first time collaboration between the poet Kimberly Campanello (Strange Country, Hymn to Kali) and director Luke Davies (Chemsex Monologues, HIV Monologues).

Kimberly Campanello said: “When I first learned of these sisters I was immediately struck by their relentless commitment to political action and their love of art and language.

“Researching them in the archives with actor Charlotte Gallagher felt like an intimate conversation with contemporaries – wicked smart and full on”.

Director, Luke Davies, added: “Kimberly’s debut play is a vital piece of work, not just because it reminds us about the achievements of two brilliant women – but also because it asks searching questions about how we relate to our own environment, and our comparative struggles”.

Constance and Eva, starring Charlotte Gallagher and Hannah Berry, runs at The Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham, from September 17-27.

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