Exactly a century after (some) British women were first given the right to vote, Kate Prince, one of the UK’s leading choreographers, celebrated the life of a central figure in the fight for this seminal change. A dynamic modern musical fusing dance, hip hop, soul and funk, Sylvia shed new light on a remarkable figure at the heart of the suffrage movement.
Sylvia told the story of Sylvia Pankhurst, the formidable campaigner for women’s rights, and her fractured family, which helped hold together the women’s suffrage campaign while ripping itself apart. Written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia showed why Pankhurst remains a hugely relevant figure today.
‘Sylvia Pankhurst was incredibly progressive in so many ways. Wherever there was injustice, she felt the need to help. She couldn’t just stand by and silently tolerate the inequality of the time. She wanted votes for ALL, men and women, regardless of class. She didn’t judge people on race, religion, class or gender –and she was doing this 100 years ago.’
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW. An Old Vic, Sadler’s Wells and ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company production