Her Naked Skin | Stage 773| MAY-JUNE 2012
Her Naked Skin opens with the tragedy of Emily Wilding Davison, a real-life suffragette who made headlines when she stepped in front of the king’s horse during the Epsom Derby while holding a banner for the Women’s Social and Political Union, and ends with the outbreak of World War I. During the course of the drama, the action homes in on the lives of a group of militant suffragettes who cause trouble by smashing store windows and other acts of disobedience and end up in and out of London’s Holloway Prison, where they endure horrible conditions and shocking treatment including beatings, rape and gruesome forced feedings.
But the true heart of the drama is Celia Cain, an upper-class, tart-tongued suffragette whose husband is sympathetic to the movement even as the House of Commons and his friends at the club largely dismiss it. During one of her stints in prison, Celia meets and falls in love with Eve, a working-class beauty 20 years her junior, and with whom she begins a torrid affair. Her Naked Skin is the story of Celia’s journey of discovery and search for freedom on her own terms.