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The Twelve Pound Look - Part 1

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Published on Sep 30, 2012

This play is interesting because it advocates feminism and women's financial independence, at a time when most 'feminist' plays and stories were more interested in lampooning the suffragette movement. The play also depicts the effect of the typewriter upon society, and how this machine helped women gain financial independence.

The plot: Sir Harry Sims has been made a knight, as the curtain opens we see Lord and Lady Sims 'rehearsing' for the big day. Kate arrives with her typewriter to answer the letters of congratulation. This encounter is a great shock to both of them, as this is not the first time Lord Sims and Kate have met. This is a warm and humorous play, and reputed to be based on Barrie's failed marriage.

Extract of the production taken from The Pleasance, Edinburgh, May 2012.

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