The musical Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World at the Liverpool Playhouse was absolutely amazing!
It was joyous, fun, uplifting, we all had smiles on our faces from the moment we got in, until it finished 1hr 15 minutes later. BOOK IT!
From the producer of SIX, this stage adaptation of suffragette descendent Kat Pankhurst’s award-winning picture book ‘ the Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’ was pitched perfectly for a fun show for the three 10 and 11 year olds I took to see it at the Liverpool Playhouse last night.
Btw if you don’t have the books do buy them!
The show which lasts for just 1hr and 15 minutes (with no interval) kept them completely hooked, dancing in their seats and smiling for the whole time.
Around me there was lots of laughter from Mums, Aunties, Grandmas and Daughters as they heard their own words admonishments and complaints played out on stage. I’m not saying it’s a show for girls (there is no such thing) just that was who I heard around me.
The show’s premise is that the young heroine Jade breaks away from her class to take a peek behind the scenes at the not yet open Gallery of Greatness in the local museum. She decides to stay there and not go home and meets the original and incredible wonder women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie and Emmeline Pankhurst to name just a few.
These characters burst out from the stage in loud fun costumes, belting out tunes which give the message that with commitment and effort you can succeed in your ambitions regardless of your starting position.
There are a few times when the characters, like Sacagawea, have to be introduced in a more wordy fashion than say Emmeline Pankhurst, but those moments are few and far between.
Favourite moments in this house were “Mary, Mary and Marie” which finds Marie Curie (1857 Nobel winning scientist), Mary Seacole (the Jamaican 1805 Crimean War nurse) and Mary Anning (the 1799 Lyme Regis fossil hunter) together because they have the same first name, belting out a catchy tune; Rosa Park (the USA civil rights protester) singing the touching “Lullaby Little Girl” with Jade and Anne Frank and Deeds not Words rapped by Emmeline in a military-style tasselled outfit.
Special credit goes to Eva-Marie Saffrey who played Jade in the performance we saw last night, she had great comic timing and a lovely stage presence. To hold your own on the stage with such talented adults can’t be easy.
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World will be loved by anyone who wants to watch a fun show with characters and songs that pack a punch; this new show for ages 6+ is guaranteed to be one to remember!
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World
8th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022, Liverpool Playhouse
5th January 2022 – 8th January 2022, Ayelesbury Waterside Theatre
12th January 2022 – 16th January 2022, Chichester Festival Theatre