The story of one of the greatest English women of the 20th century comes to Wisbech

PUBLISHED: 11:05 14 April 2017

The acclaimed play ‘'Sylvia'’, about winning a voice for those with no voice is coming to Wisbech Rosmini Centre on the May Day weekend. PHOTO: Lynx

The acclaimed play ‘'Sylvia'’, about winning a voice for those with no voice is coming to Wisbech Rosmini Centre on the May Day weekend. PHOTO: Lynx

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A play about women’s rights activist Sylvia Pankhurst is coming to Wisbech.

The daughter of Emmeline, the play called ‘Sylvia’ is about winning a voice for those with no voice.

It is at the Rosmini Centre on Saturday April 29 at 7 pm.

Sylvia Pankhurst was a suffragette and artist who organised working women and men in the East End of London.

Jackie Mulhallen, the author and sole performer said: “Sylvia knew how hard women worked, and she wanted them to have recognition and equal rights in the workplace and in Parliament.

“She was also an artist, and her paintings of working women were among the first to focus on women at work in the factories and countryside.”

The play tells the story of the political activist who many historians say got women the vote and who is hailed as the “greatest Englishwoman of the 20th century”.

It is being staged by the West Norfolk-based Lynx Theatre and Poetry group who have put on the play more than 100 times in theatres, art centres, schools and other venues across England and Ireland after its first performance in 1987.

Director and designer William Alderson said there had been a constant demand for its revival and it has the same actress in the role.

The success of the revival of the play shows that it is as relevant today as when it was when it was first written - possibly even more so, he said.

Ms Mulhallen has written two internationally acclaimed books on the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and recently gave a talk on Georgian theatre at the Wisbech Museum. She also wrote ‘Rebels and Friends’, another play which Lynx toured round England and Ireland.

Mr Alderson, who also directed that play, studied drama at Bristol University.

He worked for 25 years in BBC Television News as a film, video and computer editor.

His production uses a sequence of slides of Sylvia Pankhurst’s life and art as a background to the play’s action.

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