A play written and performed by Jacqueline Mulhallen
Directed by Simon Vause
Jacqueline Mulhallen plays Sylvia Pankhurst
ABOUT THE PLAY
From 1987 to 1992, Lynx Theatre and Poetry toured a one-woman play Sylvia, written and performed by Jacqueline Mulhallen and directed by Simone Vause, to over a hundred schools, art centres and libraries in England and Ireland to acclaim such as ‘gripping’, ‘excellent’ and ‘unique’. Continuing demand led to its revival in 1997.
Sylvia gave a personal view of Sylvia Pankhurst as one of the most remarkable women of the twentieth century; her sacrifice of a promising career as an artist, and her subsequent break with her mother and sister and the Women’s Social and Political Union in favour of her East End Federation of working women.
The background of 250 slides (photographed by William Alderson and culled from nine libraries, from private collections or taken specially on location in England and Europe) showed the world she lived in, the places that were important to her, the people she knew, and almost all her known paintings.
ABOUT JACQUELINE MULHALLEN and LYNX THEATRE & POETRY
Jacqueline Mulhallen was born in Devon. In her twenties, she hitch-hiked her way round the world and worked on a sheep station in Australia, a yacht in the Mediterranean and a raspberry farm in New Zealand, and as an actor in Australia and England. Besides writing and performing with Lynx Theatre and Poetry, she has written for BBC radio and for publications ranging from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine to Spare Rib. She has also taught English and in 2008 gained a Ph.D for her thesis, The Theatre of Shelley. See her article about Sylvia Pankhurst's 1907 painting tour of England and Scotland.
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