2024fri14jun7:30 pmTHE BESSIE CARRUTHERS STUDY CLUBA witty musical stage production from PEI celebrating the era of the suffragettes 7:30 pm BUY TICKETSMORE INFOEvent TypeMusical,Theatre


(Friday) 7:30 pm



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Welcome to The Bessie Carruthers Study Club. It’s August 1919, and local Women’s Institute activist, Miss Bessie Carruthers of Kent Street in Charlottetown, has a very special guest for her weekly Study Club gathering: British musician, composer and renowned suffragette, Miss Ethel Smyth.

While this is a fictional event, the characters are based on actual women. Bessie Carruthers played an important role in persuading political leaders of the era to grant women the right to vote on PEI. Ethel Smyth has been rediscovered as an important and significant composer of the last century, as well as a formidable voice in the work of British suffragettes.

Produced by PEI’s Pirate Jenny Productions, The Bessie Carruthers Study Club stars Suzanne Campbell as Bessie Carruthers, with Jennifer King as English composer Ethel Smyth. The Bessie Carruthers Study Club performed to sold-out, standing-room-only audiences at the PEI Fringe Festival.

  • “A playfully thoughtful and amusing look back at women’s earlier struggles, made more appealing by the Campbell/King duo’s fine singing and King’s formidable piano skills. Their slate of period tunes includes several audience sing-along numbers, making the show more immersive and fun.” — The Buzz
  • “A delightful musical rumination” —

Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Campbell teaches singing to students of all ages, appears as a frequent soloist around PEI, and sings as a member of the award-winning women’s vocal ensemble, Sirens, who won 2023 ECMA Choral Recording of the Year. Halifax-based Jennifer King is a pianist, educator, host of Cecilia Concerts Sensory Accessible Concert series. Her latest recording, O Mistress Moon: Canadian Edition, was the recipient of the 2023 ECMA Classical Recording of the Year.  Suzanne Campbell and Jennifer King were awarded a PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation award in March 2024 for the creation of this show.


  • Adults $25.00
  • Youth: $10.00

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