Emmeline: The Suffragette Movement ★★★★★ The Cockpit | November 3 - 14, 2021


Emmeline is Beatrice Hyde's confidently written debut play about the Suffragette movement and the family at its heart – the Pankhursts. The writing goes behind the usual well rehearsed stories and delves into the lives of a mother and her daughters. Georgie Rhys uses her superb voice to dominate proceedings as Emmeline. This is a tortured woman dedicated to her cause but also striving to be a caring parent. The large cast also features strong performances by Charlie Hansen as Sylvia and Lily-Fleur Bradbury as Christabel. However, it is the actual presentation of the play which is truly remarkable. Time and again, there are incredible visual moments as director, Anastasia Revi, creates breathtaking images, including a stunning depiction of a protest where the campaigners are brutally beaten by the police. The women are then imprisoned: the metaphor of placing their heads in bird cages struck us as a simple but inspired idea. The force feeding of one woman is terrifyingly realistic and the death of Emily Davison under the hooves of horses in the Derby is stunningly staged. The Cockpit's full height and breadth are used to give an impression of Parliamentary debate where politicians are seemingly above the real world. Having watched this thought-provoking play, one is left reflecting on the divisions, obstacles and sacrifices that come with wanting to transform society, yet the need for change remains. This is a very fine achievement which deserves to be seen.

Rated: ★★★★★

Reviewed by D.S.J.
Photo by Marisa Knight.

Want to save on tickets? See our Tips page.

When, Where, Getting there:

Most Popular

Best of Enemies ★★★★★ Noël Coward Theatre | Until Feb 18, 2023

Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton ★★★ The Pheasantry | January 13 &14, 2023

Salt-Water Moon ★★★★ Finborough Theatre | January 3 - 28, 2023

George Takei's Allegiance ★★★★ Charing Cross Theatre | Jan 7 - Apr 8, 2023

Magic Mike Live ★★★★ The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino | Until December 29, 2021

Dinner With Groucho ★★ Arcola Theatre | Nov 16 - Dec 10, 2022

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns ★★ King's Head Theatre | January 3 - 14, 2023

Newsies ★★★★ Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre | Until April 16, 2023

Love Goddess, The Rita Hayworth Musical ★★★ The Cockpit | Nov 18 - Dec 23, 2022

The Prince ★★★★★ Southwark Playhouse | Sep 15 - Oct 8, 2022

The City Life Magazine | Reviews & Ratings