Arc Theatre, based at Kingsley Hall has released a short film entitled ‘Voices for Votes’, which was funded by the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme.

The eight-minute film celebrates 100 years since some women won the right to vote. It was filmed during the May half term by Arc’s Raised Voices group and other young women age 10+ from Barking & Dagenham.

Watch ‘Voices for Votes’ HERE

The film presents the history of the Suffragettes and includes comments from the girls about how they have been impacted by the women that went before them. They are working to remember the suffragettes that helped win the right to vote and tell their stories so that the next generation will remember them.

They display the history of the work towards suffrage by commemorating the Women’s Social and Political Union which was founded in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst. They celebrate the fact that on 6 February 1918, The Representation of People Act became law, which allowed women over 30 who owned property the right to vote. The girls also reflect on the Ford Sewing Machinist Strike in 1968 which played a pivotal role in the fight for equal pay.

The girls use these examples to commemorate all the women who worked towards suffrage and to show that there is still work that needs to be done in the fight for equal pay and equality.  

Raised Voices works on drama techniques, filmmaking, poetry, and scriptwriting at Arc Theatre. They are open to females over the age of 10 and work on multi-media female leadership projects.

Raised Voices meets every Thursday at 4pm (until 5.45pm) during term time at Kingsley Hall Church & Community Centre, Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham RM9 5NB

For more information regarding Raised Voices visit www.arctheatre.com.

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