Sylvia Pankhurst performance comes to Stoke-on-Trent


A packed Potteries Museum & Art Gallery relived the life story of 20th century political campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst.

The LYNX theatre and poetry company’s play, called Sylvia, is written and performed by one woman – Jacqueline Mulhallen.

The educational performance combines 30 years’ worth of company experience with 250 slides of painting and photographs to give a colourful account of Sylvia’s life.

She was a key figure in the movement of obtaining voting rights for women.

Alongside her political demonstrations, she was a talented art scholar who had visited Stoke-on-Trent to paint the female workers of the pottery industry.

William Alderson, the tour manager, said: “We wanted to come to all the area’s that Sylvia painted.

“We feel this is a really important part of local history. We want to get this out there.

“Next year is the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, and we wanted to get ourselves re-established and out there doing it.”

The tour continues with eight further dates before the end of May.

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