Using a mix of stand up comedy and audio-visual inserts, Elaine Gallagher’s show, The Freedom Machine will explore the parallels between cycling and feminism.
The history of cycling mirrors the history of feminism in a fascinating way. As the call for women’s suffrage grew towards the end of the 1800’s, so did women’s use of the bicycle, and both were seen as threats to the established social order. The notion of women travelling around unchaperoned was at best challenging, and for many unacceptable and dangerous. Is it any wonder when bicycles were a source of unprecedented liberty for so many women, or as Susan B. Anthony called it, “a freedom machine”.
Elaine’s show will chart the origins of the bicycle and its role in granting freedoms to women, including its significant role in female suffrage. It will also explore the parallels between cyclists and women, and motorists and men, i.e. motorist/male entitlement, being subject to abuse and potential violence, lacking the safe facilities that we need in this day and age, and so on.
In the year that marks 100 years of female suffrage in the UK and Ireland, as well as the year in which Ireland will vote on granting abortion rights, it seems timely to discuss the subject of women, independence and hard-fought freedoms.
Tickets: Adult £11, Concession £9
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