Why See Sylvia?
Beverly Knight Stars!
One of the icons of the Suffragette movement and proto-feminist, Sylvia Pankhurst, gets the musical treatment in this fresh new piece from Katy Prince and Priya Parmar. Starring pop star come stage phenomenon, Beverly Knight, Sylvia uses an eclectic mix of song, dance, hip-hop, funk and soul to examine her incredible drive and advocacy for universal suffrage.
An Old Vic, Sadler's Wells and Zoonation production, co-commissioned by 14 - 18 NOW, Sylvia focuses on a pivotal moment in British history, with the Vote for Women movement growing and the country on the verge of the First World War.
In addition to her work in the suffrage movement, Pankhurst was also a prominent anti-facist and communist who spend the latter part of her life in Ethiopia. Her work in the country led to her receiving in a state funeral on her death, and was afforded a burial plot in front of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, the only foreigner afforded the honour.
Previews from: 1 September 2018
Opening night: 6 September 2018
Ages 10 +
Cast and Creative
Delroy Atkinson as Winston Churchill
Carly Bawden as Clementine Churchill and Annie Kenney
Verity Blyth as Adela Pankhirst
John Dagleish as Keir Hardie
Jade Hackett as Lady Jennie Churchill and Edith Garrud
Todd Holdsworth as H.G Wells and Silvio Corio
Izuka Hoyle as Emily Davidson
Beverly Knight as Emmeline Pankhurst
Genesis Lynea as Sylvia Pankhurst
Tachia Newall as Lloyd George and Lord Cromer
Maria Omakinwa as Ada
Karl Queensborough as Harry Pankhurst
Ross Sands as George Bernard Shaw and Richard Pankhusrt
Witney White as Christabel Pankhurst
Elliotte Williams N'Dure as Flora 'The General' Drummond
Book by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar
Music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
Lyrics by Kate Prince, Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
Directed and Choreographed by Kate Prince
Designed by Ben Stones
Lighting by Natasha Chivers
Sound by Clement Rawling
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