Talks and lectures Thursday 13th Sep 2018 5pm
Until Friday 28th Sep 2018
Voices Off
A series of talks, conversations and debates, given by leading voices in the arts, media, science and politics, which explores the themes raised by the productions on our main stage in creative ways.


Sep 13

Helen Pankhurst, women’s rights activist and campaigner, great-granddaughter of Emmeline and granddaughter of Sylvia, leads a workshop to discuss continuity and change in women’s lives over the last hundred years since the first women in Britain were given the vote. Despite huge progress, the fight for equality continues.

Helen will be drawing from her recently published book Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now for this Voices Off discussion which explores just how much women’s lives have changed in a whole century and how far we still have to go.

This Voices Off discussion takes place during our production of SYLVIA, a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.

Sep 20

I know we will create a society where there are no rich or poor, no people without work or beauty in their lives, where money itself will disappear, where we shall all be brothers and sisters, where everyone will have enoughSylvia Pankhurst

Sylvia Pankhurst made pioneering contributions to votes for women, but she also fought for some of the most impoverished people in London’s East End, and against imperialism, racism and fascism.

Over the last 100 years since Sylvia was campaigning, there has been momentous change in social equality across all walks of life, but can we argue that modern British society is truly equal? If not, why not? What would a truly equal future look like and is it achievable? And as we look forward to the next 100 years, what advances should be made for equality and, more importantly, how will we get there?

Sep 28

Come and hear Annie-B Parson, co-founder of Big Dance Theater, in conversation with Dance Umbrella Artistic Director Emma Gladstone ahead of the performance of 17c on Fri 28 September. A well-known name in the worlds of both theatre and dance, Annie-B has choreographed for David Byrne, the Royal Ballet, and St Vincent as well as her own company.

17c, conceived and directed by Annie-B Parson (Here Lies Love, Lazarus) runs at The Old Vic from 26 – 29 September, co-directed by Paul Lazar and choreographed by Annie-B Parson and the company.

Samuel Pepys wants to tell us everything. Committed to self-improvement and serial adultery, he is a man desperate to be at the cutting edge. 17c splices music, dance, video and spoken word in a reverb-soaked feminist raid through the tell-all diaries of the famed 17th century philanderer and his tragic wife Bess.

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