Perhaps the talk’s most heart-warming moment came when Peter recounted his opportunity to be an extra in the film, which he had been offered after contacting the director, Sarah Gavron, about Alice’s own experiences. It was moving to hear him describe as ‘fate’ his casting in the scene that reimagines the protests of 1913, in which hundreds of suffragettes turned out to hear the ill-fated answer to their petition to Lloyd George, at which Alice Hawkins had herself been present.
Fittingly, Peter ended the talk by introducing his friend Dorothy, decked out in full sash and period dress, who entreated us to echo her rallying cry: ‘Let the clarion call go out!’
‘Votes for women! Votes for women!’