Perth Playhouse Film & Literary Event – Friday 16.10.15

October 5, 2015 by Perthshire Creates

Perth-based novelist Ajay Close and Perth Playhouse are teaming up for a special literary and film event on Friday 16th October 2015.

To coincide with the release of Suffragette (starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep – the film which opens this year’s London Film Festival), Perth Playhouse are putting on a special showing of the film which will include a reading by Ajay Close from her newly published novel A Petrol Scented Spring based on the imprisonment of suffragettes in Perth Prison.

Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of fizz, canapés, Ajay’s reading and a screening of the film. For those that cannot make the Perth screening, Grosvenor Cinema on Ashton Lane, Glasgow is hosting a similar event on Monday 12 October 2015.


A Petrol Scented Spring: Arabella Scott, suffragette and hunger striker, is held in solitary confinement for five weeks, force-fed by the prison doctor, Hugh Ferguson Watson. Two years later, his wife, Donella, is trapped in a sexless marriage with a man haunted by the past. What happened between the doctor and his prisoner patient? Fifty years on, Donella is still trying to find out. A Petrol Scented Spring is a riveting novel of repression, jealousy and love, and the struggle for women’s emancipation.


Suffragette: Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story centres on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the suffragette movement. Galvanised by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women’s civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation. Inspired by true events, Suffragette is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives. The film also stars Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, and Natalie Press. Suffragette is directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from an original screenplay by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan.

Information provided to Perthshire Creates from  Tippermuir Books Ltd.