Harriet Martineau: Dreams of Dancing

Play Title:  Harriet Martineau: Dreams of Dancing

Author (s): Shelagh Stephenson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

Publication Date: 2016

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Sociology

Scientist (s): Harriet Martineau, Thomas Greenhow

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 2 Men, 4 Women

Thomas Greenhow, Jane Arrowsmith, Impie Haddock, Harriet Martineau, Robbie Gray, Beulah Grey

Setting: Harriet Martineau’s attic room, Front Street, Tynemouth, 1844

Time Period: 1844

Synopsis of Play: It’s 1844. Harriet Martineau (1802-76), internationally renowned radical thinker and prolific writer, has relocated from London to Tynemouth, where, suffering from an undisclosed illness, she is sequestered indoors. In this closed situation, Stephenson introduces five people (more types than characters). Through them, she wittily and humorously illustrates Martineau’s socio-political beliefs (The Guardian).

First Performance Date:  November 15th, 2016

First Producer: Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Performance History: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/nov/16/harriet-martineau-dreams-dancing-live-theatre-newcastle-feminist

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/nov/20/harriet-martineau-dreams-of-dancing-review-newcastle-shelagh-stephenson

Not much is known after its World Premiere in 2016

Links:  http://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15574

https://www.thoughtco.com/sociology-research-and-statistics-s2-3026650

Entered by: Molly Morgan

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