Ethel Smyth: Grasp The Nettle
This new play, with music by contralto Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus, weaves together Dame Ethel Smyth’s music, including her greatest opera The Wreckers, with anecdotes from her confidants, her letters and her own writing.
Imprisoned with Mrs Pankhurst and the writer of the anthem for the suffrage movement The March of the Women, Smyth was a composer, writer and suffragette who was the living embodiment of the courage and passion with which Victorian women challenged the "male machine".
Part of the City of London's Women: Work & Power season, examining the struggle for gender equality through the ages while celebrating a number of significant anniversaries in 2018. These include the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, the 70th birthday of the NHS and the 3rd anniversary of the first female bishop.
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Milton Court Concert Hall