Marking the centenary of the first women gaining the right to vote, The Oxford Belles have developed 'Women of Note', an a cappella show that celebrates the incredible women who have fought for gender equality over the last 100 years.
They have a performance slot at Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 12-18 August, 2018.
“We want to use this opportunity to educate as many people as possible about the history of feminism, and we will be taking the show into schools in July, and running workshops with young people in the hope of empowering them to continue fighting for gender equality,” explained Katie.
Women of Note is a 45-minute music show that maps the development of feminism and female liberation over the past 100 years. From the suffrage movements that led to women gaining the right to vote, through the sexual liberation of women in the 1960s, to the modern representation of women in the media, the show is filled with stories of incredible women who have paved the way for gender equality and the music that represents them. All the music in the show was originally written and performed by women and has been arranged by members of the Oxford Belles.
The Oxford Belles also plan to produce a CD of their show to sell at performances. Proceeds from CD sales and collections at the Fringe performances will go the Malala Fund, founded by Oxford undergraduate Malala Yousafzai after she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban in Pakistan, age 15.
The Malala fund works in regions where most girls miss out on secondary education, and fights for every girl’s right to free, safe, quality education.
Katie signed up to audition for the Oxford Belles at the freshers fair, having seen the International Women's Day video. “I'd done some singing at school, but focussed on musical theatre, so a cappella was a relatively new experience for me. We've had a great year so far, with loads of amazing opportunities!”
The Oxford Belles have set up a gofundme page to help raise funds to cover the costs of the Edinburgh trip.