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Githa Sowerby 11 Sept 2009
Githa Sowerby painted by GP Jacomb Hood in 1912. Image used with kind permission of Joan Smith
A powerful Edwardian drama set in the industrial north east comes home to Tyneside.

When the play Rutherford & Son opened in the West End in 1912 it was a sensation. It gripped audiences with its ferocious Geordie drama, thick with dialect, diatribe and an unsparing depiction of the brutalities of the industrial north at the turn of the century. When the critics discovered that, astonishingly for the time, it had been written by a woman, Githa Sowerby became an instant celebrity and suffragist. Since then Sowerby has almost vanished from history, but some theatre fans have been digging around in the archives and are attempting to get her the recognition she deserves. A new production of Rutherford & Son by Threshold Theatre opens at the Northern Stage in Newcastle next Friday, the first time the play has ever been performed in its native Tyneside. 
Pat Riley, Githa’s biographer and Viv Gardner, author of "The New Woman and Her Sisters: Feminism and the Theatre, 1850-1914" & professor of Theatre Studies at University of Manchester,  join Jenni to discuss the life & work of Githa Sowerby.

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