Maxine Peake - One Hand Tied Behind Us


On 6 February 1918, the Representation of the People Act first granted women in Britain the right to vote. The Old Vic are proud to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage in Britain with a monologues series and world premiere of a new musical.

Maxine Peake will curate One Hand Tied Behind Us, a One Voice performance of six brand new monologues, written in response to the anniversary, which will be presented in a one-off performance at The Old Vic on Sunday 11 March following International Women’s Day.

The monologues will explore key moments in the history of women’s rights in the UK and look forward to the future of the fight for equality. Writers will include Peake, with further writers and casting to be announced.

We will also be marking this anniversary year with Sylvia, the world premiere of a modern musical opening on 6 September with previews from 1 September. Sylvia combines dance, hip-hop, soul and funk, shedding a new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the women’s suffrage movement.

Co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ WaldeSylvia is 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. Sylvia is co-produced by The Old Vic, Sadler’s Wells and ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company co-production, and co-commissioned by The Old Vic and 14-18 NOW.

Throughout The Old Vic’s response to the anniversary of women’s suffrage, we are proud to be supporting the Mayor of London’s Behind Every Great City campaign #BehindEveryGreatCity

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