The Disappearance of Miss Bebb

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Date / time: 21 October, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Great Hall, University of Birmingham

The Disappearance of Miss Bebb

A conference on the future of women in the Law and a celebrity reading of Alex Giles’ play inspired by the case of Bebb v. The Law Society

The Law Society has come a long way since it barred Gwyneth Bebb and other campaigning Law graduates on the basis that women were not ‘persons’ in the eyes of the law and were thus disqualified from practicing as solicitors.

Today, The Law Society is in the forefront of promoting lawyers from every conceivable background, but other obstacles remain inherent in professional structures and wider society which inhibit representation of people from the full range of gender, ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds from participating in the law. To interrogate these issues, The Birmingham Law Society (BLS), The Kalisher Trust and The University of Birmingham have united to create a day event inspired by the Bebb v Law Society case.

Ending with a rehearsed reading of Alex Giles’ new play, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MISS BEBB, at 6pm in the Great Hall,Sunday 21st October is the culmination of Birmingham Law Society’s bi-centenary celebrations. Giles’ play is inspired by the historic Bebb v Law Society case brought in 1913 and will be performed by a celebrity cast led by Kalisher Trust Patron and Vice President, Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently, The Professionals) and star of Call the Midwife, Laura Main, with star of Foyles War, Honeysuckle Weeks, a host of professional actors and some special appearances from students from the University. The reading will last around 90 minutes and includes live sound effects and music.

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