This newly written piece explores the legacy of Royal Holloway alumnus and suffragette Emily Wilding Davison's death at the Epsom Derby in 1913. It is written as a Nô, a traditional Japanese theatre form dating from the fourteenth century that uses mask, dance, music and chant to tell stories about famous figures from the past.
Written for performance on Royal Holloway’s own Nô stage, the piece proffers an act of commemoration for all those involved in the incident - not only Emily herself, but two players who have been sidelined in the commentary, the jockey Herbert Jones, and the King's horse Anmer.
The piece airs the incident, and lays their spirits to rest.
Peformances of 'Emily – an English language Nô' take place at 7pm on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May 2018.