WHO IS SYLVIA ?
A play about Sylvia Pankhurst, adapted by Bridget Wood from Shirley Harrison's biography, Sylvia Pankhurst: a Maverick Life
Performed by Bridget Wood
Directed by Althea Stewart
As Sylvia unpacks her belongings in Ethiopia, she looks back over her life, reflecting on the struggles, and wonders exactly what she will be remembered for…The play was performed at the Lovegrove Theatre, Redbridge Drama Centre, South Woodford, London E18 2RB, 6–8 July 2007.
Bridget Wood trained at the Bristol Old Vic Drama School. Her career has been varied, embracing at different times the functions of actor, dancer and playwright, and ranging from Repertory to the National Theatre, radio, TV and films. Bridget worked for many years at the Royal Opera House, initially for Sir Peter Hall, as an ‘actress who could dance’. In 2002 her play Mrs Shakespeare, adapted from Robert Nye's novel, was performed by herself at the Edinburgh Festival.
Althea Stewart spent the first part of her working life performing in repertory theatres with occasional sorties into the West End and television. As Recording Editor at Calibre Audio Library for the Handicapped she organised the recording of books as well as directing the Calibre Theatre Company, which recorded plays. Other directing experience includes three Restoration comedies at Drama Studio London. Since leaving Calibre she has taught in several universities and is now teaching visiting American university students about the theatre in London.
Shirley Harrison was born and brought up in Woodford in Sylvia Pankhurst's time. As a child, she was advised by her parents to avoid Miss Pankhurst – instilling a curiosity that lasted decades, until she finally decided to do extensive research and find out who their apparently odd neighbour really was. Shirley is the first author of a comprehensive biography of Sylvia to have had the full cooperation of the Pankhurst family, as well as access to a number of previously unpublished documents.
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