Katherine of Aragon is in exile in Kimbolton and clinging to her throne.
A 1920s silent movie star recruits a little-known Peterborough novelist to enable her comeback.
And in 2017, GCSE student Eve is wondering if any of it matters at all.
Buried Women connects the lives of six extraordinary women, turning on the microphone so their silent stories can be heard loud and clear, humble and hysterical, but entirely on their own terms.
“Stop trying to make out that women were doing all this amazing shit throughout history Miss, that there was some massive conspiracy to cover it all up. There isn’t. They weren’t. Men were too busy doing amazing shit themselves to be covering up for us…”
Photos: Florence A Kilpatrick (right, Bassano, vintage print, 1932), Catherine Of Aragon (Shutterstock), Mabel Poulton (in The Alley Cat, 1929)
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Julie is being supported by Arts Council England and Eastern Angles theatre company to research, write and workshop a play that brings to the surface the stories of East Anglia’s ‘buried women.’
Growing up in Peterborough, Julie heard very few stories of inspiring women from local history. So when she stumbled across a photograph of Peterborough-born Florence A Kilpatrick, a prolific sketch-writer, novelist and playwright from the early 1900s, a writer that no one seems to remember at all, she decided there was some digging to do.
Julie then discovered Mabel Poulton, the silent star of two of Florence’s film adaptations, who drifted from the spotlight once the microphones were turned on.
An their lives became unexpectedly entwined with Katherine of Aragon, buried at Peterborough Cathedral – a woman who was so much more than a rejected wife of a capricious king.