A Room of One’s Own

by April De Angelis, Sabrina Mahfouz, Zodwa Nyoni, Alexandra Wood

“To think that a woman, who has at some point sprung from blood originated in my womb, may be able to politically manoeuvre without being a mistress of a royal or a politician – she herself could be positioned as a minister in parliament.”

Meet Elizabeth Villiers, Princess Augusta, Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland and Nancy Astor, the first female MP. Four inspirational women who found a room of one’s own at Cliveden, a National Trust property with a rich and fascinating history.

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN is an audio experience in the historic grounds of Cliveden. The stories of these misrepresented women are brought to life in four audio plays written by four of the UK’s finest playwrights – April De Angelis, Sabrina Mahfouz, Zodwa Nyoni and Alexandra Wood.

Follow a trail through the enchanting gardens listening to Nancy Carroll as Elizabeth Villiers, Vivienne Gibbs as Princess Augusta, Victoria Hamilton as Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland and Linda Broughton as Nancy Astor. Walk in their footsteps as they reclaim their reputations.

The installation is part of the National Trust’s 2018 programme Women and Power series and can be enjoyed from 13 June onwards.

For full details check the National Trust website here.

A Paines Plough and National Trust Cliveden production.


Creative Team


April De Angelis


Sabrina Mahfouz


Zodwa Nyoni


Alexandra Wood


Emma Callander


Dominic Kennedy


Sarah-Jane Booth


Victoria Hamilton

Vivienne Gibbs

Linda Broughton

Nancy Carroll