Central to the historic movement in Britain during the first two decades of the 20th century was Sylvia Pankhurst: artist, socialist, and militant campaigner for the rights of women, including – but not solely – the right to vote.
But they succeeded, and by the end of World War I in 2018 a first group of British women were given the vote: those over 30 who had a minimum set of qualifications.
Sylvia Pankhurst’s life and work, of which the above is but a minuscule slice, will be the subject of Sylvia, a new show at the Old Vic. This will not – as you might expect judging by the subject and the venue – be a conventional history play, but rather a lively young hip hop show, care of the queen of British hip hop choreographers, Kate Prince.
Founder of the irrepressible ZooNation company, Kate Prince counts among her hits Into the Hoods, which has a had a couple of hugely successful West End runs, and even a foray into the Royal Opera House. In 2014 she made her debut there as the writer and director of ZooNation’s The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, another unqualified success, which subsequently transferred to The Roundhouse.
The cast is mouth-watering featuring one of the musical singers of the moment, Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard, Memphis et al) as Sylvia's mother, and Genesis Lynea (In the Heights) in the title role.
Sylvia is billed as a modern musical co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. Directed and choreographed by Prince and performed by ZooNation, it will, no doubt, enlighten a new generation about a crucial chapter in the fight for women's equality.
Age Guidance: 10+
|What||Sylvia, ZooNation, Old Vic Theatre|
|Where||The Old Vic, The Cut, London, SE1 8NB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
01 Sep 18 – 22 Sep 18, 19:30 Wed & Sat mats 14:30 Dur. TBC
|Website||Click here to book via The Old Vic|