19th - 21st February 2015
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A funny, challenging, moving, true tale of teenage love, friendship and betrayal set at the dawn of the Scottish Enlightenment. Based on the story of three Edinburgh girls who formed The Fair Intellectual Club in 1717, they recruited other young ladies aged between 15 and 19 with a view to discovering 'what we might attain unto if we were as industrious to cultivate our minds as we are to adorn our bodies'.Members studied literature, science and philosophy and the only grounds for leaving the club were marriage or death.
The Fair Intellectuals took an oath to preserve the absolute secrecy of their organisation but were betrayed by an enemy within, who exposed her sisters to scandal, censure and ruin.
This is a new play by award-winning stand up Lucy Porter, inspired by the original notes and constitution of the club.
First presented by the Fair Intellectuals at The Assembly Rooms 1st August 2014.
Written by Lucy Porter
Directed by Marilyn Imrie
With Caroline Deyga, Jessica Hardwick and Samara MacLaren
'Porter’s script is a constant delight, drawing in contemporary cultural references with impunity, making audacious references to the names of those living and providing fascinating commentary on historical events – while making a strong and pertinent point about women and the perception of women in society'. The Stage