Other Plays by Inez Bensusan
Bensusan, Inez (Australian playwright, actor, dramatist, performer, suffragette, 19__-____), “The Apple,”
a __-minute _____ in English, set in _____, _____,
© 1985 by Inez Bensusan;
• in How the Vote Was Won, and Other Suffragette Plays / Researched by Candida Lacy, selected and introduced by Dale Spender, with notes for performance by Carole Hayman, A Methuen Theatrefile (London : Methuen, 1985), ISBN 0413583805, LCCN86133511, 154 pp., containing Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St. John’s “How the Vote Was Won,” 2m8f; Elizabeth Robins’ “Votes for Women”; Beatrice Harraden’s “Lady Geraldine’s Speech,” 7f; Evelyn Glover’s “A Chat with Mrs Chicky,” 2f; Evelyn Glover’s “Miss Appleyard’s Awakening,” 3f; Gertrude Jennings’ “A woman’s Influence,” 1m4f; Inez Bensusan’s “The Apple,” 2m2f;
• in Tremendous Worlds: Australian Women’s Drama 1890-1960, edited by Susan Pfisterer (Strawberry Hills, New South Wales, Australia: Currency Press Pty Ltd, 1999), ISBN 0868195766, containing Inez Bensusan’s “The Apple,” 2m2f; Dympha Cusack’s Morning Sacrifice, 9f; Katharine Susannah Prichard’s “Forward One,” 8f; Miles Franklin’s “No Family,” 2m3f; Mona Brand’s Here Under Heaven, 2m8f; Eunice Hanger’s Flood, 5m7f; Catherine Shepherd’s Jane, My Love, 12m10f; Tremendous Worlds is a selection of Australian women’s plays from the first half of the twentieth century; this is a companion volume to Playing with Ideas.
• script/rights available from Currency Press Pty Ltd, P.O. Box 2287, Strawberry Hills, New South Wales 2012, Australia, telephone +61 2 9319 5877, fax +61 2 9319 3649, http://www.currency.com.au, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"A slice of realist drama that explores the link between the right to vote and feminist politics, The Apple impressed audiences between 1909 and 1913 during the peak of the English movement for women’s suffrage and equality."—Currency Press - Product Info | Apple, The | Inez Bensusan, http://www.currency.com.au, accessed September 22, 2008.
• “For the first time the world has an accessible, sassy and important selection of Australian women’s plays from the first half of the twentieth century, enhancing feminist theatre history and offering performance possibilities. The plays in Tremendous Worlds celebrate the diversity of female identities as women forged new ways of being citizens in a modern world. Australian women have long had something to say that reflects their unique experiences, and some fascinating debates and musings from the first half of the twentieth century are captured here, reminding us how revealing theatre can be of a society’s beliefs and cultures.”—Australian Plays, http://www.currency.com.au/plays.htm, accessed August 16, 2003.
• “Before leaving Australia in the 1890s, Inez Bensusan was known as an actress in Sydney. She went on to live and work in London, an expatriate actress, dramatist, performer and suffragette. Despite her contribution to the women’s suffrage movement and women’s theatre in London, little is known about her wider life."—Currency Press - Product Info | Apple, The | Inez Bensusan.
• Research could include Playing Australia: Australian Theatre and the International Stage, edited by Elizabeth Schaefer and Susan Bradley Smith (New York: Amsterdam, 2003), IX, 230 pp.
• “The most important of the early feminist theatre groups was the Actresses’s Franchise League (the A.F.L.), founded on 17 December 1908, six months after the Women Writers’s Suffrage League (the W.W.S.L.) was formed. It was a product of the increased agitation of suffrage groups occasioned by the setting-up of the Women´s Social and Political Union (the W.S.P.U.) in Manchester in October 1903. For this reason, one should not be surprised to diecover a rather strong socialist element in some of the plays of the A.F.L. These ‘suffragists’ were made up primarily of members of the National Union of Women´s Suffrage Societies (the N.U.W.S.S.). The A.F.L. established its own play department, under the Australian Inez Bensusan´s supervision, and the first plays to be produced from this source appeared in 1909. It was Bensusan´s brief to procure purpose-written suffrage plays, organise a full-time company of actresses ready to go on tour, and raise founds. The members of the League agreed from the beginning to support all suffrage societies so as not to fragment their organisation: a row over H.V. Esmond´s Her Vote in mid-1909, which was only resolved with difficulty by Inez Bensusan, began the practice of the society being as non-partisan as possible in its choice of feminist political plays.”—Introduction, http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:OeQYn7IEyy0J:www.uas.mx/posgrado/pos/cieni/Articulos/JouMurray3.doc++%22Inez+Bensusan%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8, accessed August 19, 2003.