Not Quite a Cèilidh (NQAC) – the annual SPEX of the ASGot
2018’s ‘Not Quite a Cèilidh’ 1918-2018
Lloyd George’s Daughter and the Suffragettes.
The annual Gothenburg Anglo-Swedish dinner and entertainment was held on 12th October.
We celebrated the the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in the UK; meanwhile in Sweden, a woman’s place was still in the resistance.
The Anglo-Swedish Society’s ‘Not-Quite-a-Ceilidh’ (NQAC) delved into its deep and mysterious archives once more and discovered the little-known visit to Gothenburg of Megan Lloyd George, teenage daughter of the British prime minister, in the year 1918. She becomes radicalised into the women’s movement together with her best
friend, Stina Bildt. They go on a wonderful journey through the suffrage movement of that year, meeting some of the biggest names in the campaign for women’s right to vote. The adventures of Megan Lloyd George came to life in this comic tale as we became politicized and shaken awake. We met the Pankhursts (Sylvia Pankhurst is an old friend of Gothenburg, having been here in 1913), visiting her father and a very sexist Winston Churchill at 10 Downing Street. Finally, Megan traveled to Gothenburg and is swept up in their protest march. Many people at the evening joined the march (indoors). Sashes were worn but no windows were broken; only one suffragette chained herself to the railing. A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance! Venue: Haga Östergata 30B, Göteborg Date: 12th October 17:30 Price: 200:- for members of the Anglo-Swedish or British Clubs. 300:- for non-members. Dress code: Women can wear whatever they want. However, sashes and straw hats were in fashion. Food and wine. Hunger strikers of course may go to the head of the queue. What was this? This was something unique to the Anglo-Swedish Society – it’s not quite a ceilidh and it’s not quite a play, it’s somewhere between the two without the dancing or the Scottish music. It is best characterized as a dramatic reading of a play that illustrates a connection between Britain and Sweden (some connections are real, some are not) using quotations taken out of context and combined with a ‘British sense of humor’ and Göteborgshumor.
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Celebrating the Royal Wedding of the Millenniun – 1017-2017
The marriage of King Canute to Queen Emma was the most significant (and most forgotten) event of English history.
A Danish King and a Norman Queen created Britain as a one nation state and led to the union of England, Denmark and Norway. A sort of alternative European Union which we will refer to as the DNA union – the union of the Danish, Norman and Anglo-Saxon peoples. If you call yourself British – what’s your DNA?
Friday 27th Oct 2017 17.30
The most well known story of King Canute and Queen Emma refers to the incident with the waves. Here is Marriott Edgar’s take on the story http://www.seiyaku.com/lit/monologues/008.html
The NQaC evening starts with a dramatic reading of The Royal Wedding of 1017, our own play celebrating the 1000th anniversary of the marriage of King Canute and Queen Emma (1017-2017).
This year we will be using the approved Anglo-Swedish DNA testing system to identify the DNA of eight towns in England – just how Viking is England really?
Venue: Haga Östergata 30B, Göteborg
Date: 27th October 18:00
Price: 200:- for members of the Anglo-Swedish or British Clubs. 250:- for non-members.
The wedding list: you may bring presents – Emma asks that you restrict the cost to less than 50 kronor – eg a bar of chocolate nicely wrapped would be appropriate. (The presents will be distributed to the winers of the DNA game. )
To book: Places can be reserved via our GoogleDocs EVENTS PAGE (http://tinyurl.com/ASwS-events) or write to email@example.com
Please join us for the recreation of the Royal Wedding of the Millennium and the DNA testing of England on the 27th October.