Fragments & MonumentsPerformance and Film Archive

Wollstonecraft Live!

Meet Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), Britain's first feminist. She articulated the case for women's suffrage, wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women and gave birth to Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein.

Written by - Kaethe Fine
Conceived by - Kaethe Fine and Anna Birch
Produced and directed by - Anna Birch

  • Part 1

  • Part 2

  • Part 3

  • The Wollstonecraft Live Experience!

    2007 Outdoor film screening and live music on Newington Green

  • Vindication

    by Kaethe Fine (2005) new B&W version AB (2018)

    The French Revolution is simmering and issues of racial, economic and religious equality is at stake. In this imagined moment in the life of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), she meets with her friends, a group of 18th Century Rational Dissenters, to discuss her own difficulties making ends meet. During this meeting Mary declares pleasure to Thomas Paine that he was inspired by her work to write his famous The Rights of Man. She is snubbed by her future husband, William Godwin, for making the assertion but Paine confirms it. She carries on expressing her frustration with the demands of being a woman in a society that does not recognize a woman's right to own anything, be educated or even pursue a career, at which point Paine encourages her to focus in on those issues and write what she is now most known for, A Vindication of the Rights of Women. She became the first person to speak out and be heard on the silent subject of gender equality.

  • March
    The trailer

  • March

    A Glasgow Women's Library and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Film

    Film-maker - Marissa Keating
    Artistic Director - Anna Birch
    Subtitles - Stagetext

    'March' documents a large scale, public art event March of Women taking to the streets of Bridgeton on the eve of International Women's Day 2015. Taking Cicely Hamilton's popular suffragette play 'A Pageant of Great Women', as a starting point the diverse community of women in Glasgow in 2015 is bought to the screen. Through a series of interviews with a wide variety of women taking part in the performance and march, the film considers the gap in documenting women's history, and points to the resounding importance of having a female generation to both honour and draw inspiration from. It follows the process of the plays development within a community of Scottish women from boat builders, to students, librarians and politicians, as they work together towards the final event on March 7 2015. The film gives a lingering insight into some of political and social experiences of women in Scotland today, and invites testament to the tremendous power of a collective voice, and the surprising resonance of a play written over a century ago with our contemporary society.



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