YES! SUFFRAJITSU IS REAL!
In 1913 a group of women skilled in the martial art of jiu-jitsu formed a body guard to protect Emmeline Pankhurst, the head of the UK suffrage movement.
The leader of the “Amazons” was Miss Gertrude Harding, a twenty-four year old farm girl from Welford, New Brunswick. She later became editor of the underground newspaper, The Suffragette.
Jiu-jitsu became wildly popular within the UK movement, with suffragettes hosting “suffrajitsu parties” to introduce other women to the art.
Two Planks and a Passion will be paying tribute to this unusual bit of history on this blog through history tidbits and stories. As well as through our Suffrajitsu Merchandise drawn by local artist Alex Kehoe that will be on sale at the box office and HERE online starting in July!
This blog hopes to give our audience and community insight into Two Planks and a Passion Theatre's daily processes as well as background on the amazing stories being portrayed this year. We'll also keep you posted with the Theatre's special events and interesting folks!