Over 40% of seats for the two daytime performances of SYLVIA had sold by last Friday. Today (Tuesday 28th February) the Wigan Observer & Wigan Evening Post included the show in a piece about events in Wigan for International Women's Day. What it doesn't mention is that the play includes slides of Sylvia’s paintings of the Wigan pit-brow lassies, pictures we discovered as part of our continuing research.
In Stoke, 6 Towns Radio's Curtain Call is arranging an interview with us for the show on Saturday 4th March. After the Labour victory in Stoke, we are sure that many people will want to celebrate by going to a play about Sylvia Pankhurst at 11 am on 7th March. Sylvia was a close friend of Keir Hardie, who founded the Independent Labour Party and was its first MP.
Sylvia was the daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst who founded the WSPU (the 'suffragettes') with Sylvia’s sister, Christabel Pankhurst. In fact, Sylvia wrote the first history, The Suffragette Movement, so the performance is a great way to celebrate International Women’s Day early. She has been described as “the greatest women of the twentieth century”, and with good reason.
Among the 250 slides are Sylvia’s paintings of women working in the potteries. A talented artist, Sylvia won three scholarships, and the show is a rare opportunity to see almost all her extant paintings. These capture, as never before, the dignity of women in their workplaces, and the strains that the often poor working conditions put on them.
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