Maxine Peake to curate series of suffragette monologues at The Old Vic

Maxine Peake

It’s been announced that Maxine Peake will curate a series of monologues commemorating the 100th anniversary of the legislation giving women the vote in Britain.

Titled One Hand Tied Behind Us, the event will mark 100 years of the 1918 Representation of the People Act with six new monologues written in response to the anniversary, and they will be presented in a one-off performance at The Old Vic on Sunday 11th March. Peake is amongst the writers, with more to be announced as well as casting for the event.

Peake is best-known as an actress, appearing most recently in the new series of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, and on stage in productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, The Skriker and Hamlet. She is also an established writer, penning the Radio 4 play Beryl: A Love Story On Two Wheels, and upcoming production of Queens of the Coal Age at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

Later in the year, The Old Vic’s production of Sylvia will fuse dance, hip-hop, soul and funk in a new musical celebrating the life of women’s rights activist Sylvia Pankhurst. Sylvia was the daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst who led the suffragette movement and has been named one of the most important people of the 20th century.

One Hand Tied Behind Us will run at The Old Vic on 11th March, and Sylvia is at the theatre from 1st to 22nd September.

Sylvia Tickets are available now.

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