Mrs Shaw Herself aims to bring Charlotte Payne-Townshend’s unconventional character to life and re-evaluate her importance, not just as Shaw’s ardent supporter and companion but also as a political activist, campaigner for women’s rights and generous supporter of initiatives to improve education opportunities for all. Born into great wealth she chose to seek out causes which would benefit from her fortune. This drew her into the company of the Fabians and George Bernard Shaw.Her marriage to Shaw was unconventional and in many ways challenging, but it survived until her death.
Although Shaw’s views on their relationship remained ambiguous, there is no doubt that in many ways the marriage was a success. Not least, her fortune gave Shaw domestic comfort and stability and freedom to explore fully his creative ideas.
This hour-long one woman show aims to bring Charlotte out from behind her husband’s shadow and explore her thoughts, ideas and considerable legacy. She was a Fabian, a Suffragette supporter and a champion of women’s rights, not least, the right to be more than just a mother and wife. Charlotte Payne-Townshend is played by actress Alexis Leighton and music on Celtic harp provided by Helen Tierney
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