What audiences said about ...
Joan Ashworth, former Head of the Animation Department at London's Royal College of Art
It was wonderful to see your play and I found it very moving. You portrayed Sylvia with such energy and verve. And I really enjoyed your use of slides.
Chiltern Open Air Museum:
Tweet: So proud to have hosted Sylvia the play today. Fantastic performance thank you so much.
Tommy (aged 9): I love Sylvia Pankhurst.
Christina Hicks, Poole:
Sylvia was well worth the trip to Havant; I urge fellow Townswomen to see this production ... a unique and exciting combination of drama and poetry with the visual arts, the story ... in words and pictures (letter to The Townswoman, magazine of the Townswomen’s Guild).
History and Social Sciences Teachers Centre, London
Kate Moorse: Your performance really rounded the day off well.
The Citadel, St. Helens
Miss E. Helliwell: Both very entertaining and informative ... much enjoyed your performance.
Ms Slack: Performance of great interest to our audience.
Prof Angela John, London:
Very much enjoyed your performance and the terrific slides.
F.I.L.E.F. (Italian Community Centre), LondonElisa: The people enjoyed it a lot ... quite amazing.
Comments from audience members
Susan Homewood (www.sylviapankhurst.com):
Wonderful, uplifting … so many people excited and inspired.
Simone Vause, original director:
A wonderful triumph … a great audience who knew they were seeing something very special.
Siân Williams, Master of Dance, Globe Theatre:
A vibrant and enlightening evening, enthusiastic audience.
Angela Escott, biographer of Hannah Cowley, eighteenth century playwright:
A very powerful evening.
Irene Cockroft, suffragette historian:
The audience was captivated throughout.
Member of audience overheard in interval:
Roger Gartland, actor:
Terrific show ! wonderful research and integrity.
It was a performance to be at.
Previous comments from schools
Leighton Park School, Reading
Mr Bayley: A dramatic yet scholarly presentation.
St Bernards Boys’ School, Bethnal Green
Mr Nicholson: The boys loved it.
Downside School, Nr Bath
Father A. Bellenger: Many thanks again for your performance ... I hope you will come again.
Cranborne Chase School, Nr Shaftsbury
Mrs Simmons: The performance was much enjoyed ... hope you will visit us again.
Downe House School, Newbury
Miss Farr: Wonderful show ... Our girls all enjoyed it very much indeed ... a most enjoyable evening for everyone.
Sidcot School, Sidcot
Mr Greenfield: The evening has made quite an impact ... let us know about new productions that you may stage.
Royal School, Bath
Dr McClure: Splendid performance.
Abbey Wood School, London
Ms Canavan: The class enjoyed it very much ... a valuable experience.
St Swithun’s School, Winchester
Mrs Johnston (1988): Full and convincing picture of Sylvia with so much detailed and new background, beautifully illustrated. We were very impressed and inspired with a most sensitive professional performance.
(1991): Very good feedback from all classes [including 11 year olds].
Richard Pankhurst, Sylvia's son:
I found it to be well researched and a sensitive portrayal of my mother as a young woman and artist, and although I have not been able to see a performance myself I have had excellent reports from those who did see it. The theatre company she worked with were eager to photograph Sylvia Pankhurst’s art from originals rather than copy them from other reproductions. The play was successful and may well have been influential in reviving interest in Sylvia Pankhurst’s work since it toured to schools and colleges and was therefore seen by a new generation.