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It’s 2015. Men and women are equal, right? Well, in our dreams maybe. Even more than a hundred years since the Suffragette movement began, women are still earning less than men on average and find it harder to get into positions of power. Just look at the House of Commons. How many women do we see lining the front benches compared to men? In some areas, not a lot has changed for women. That’s why Vital Xposure are presenting a new, thought-provoking production examining how society deals with women who dare to step out of line.

The titular protagonist is Dorothy Lawrence, a young journalist in 1915 with aspirations to become a war correspondent. Lawrence takes her bicycle and rides all the way to the frontline in France but is never seen again. Taking this as a stepping point, Vital Xposure ask deep questions about our treatment of women who want to break boundaries and stand up for what they believe in, from Lawrence herself to Pussy Riot now. Feminists will no doubt deeply appreciate the sentiment behind the production but this production has the potential to fascinate even the most conservative of minds.

The Disappearance of Dorothy Lawrence comes to the Customs House, South Shields on Thursday 17th September.

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