Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World; a show and an evening we absolutely would go to again! Full disclosure, when we were invited to attend the show at the Lowry Theatre, the excitement was palpable; based on my daughter’s favourite book by Kate Pankhurst this was one we were not going to miss!
Apparently our excitement was not in isolation. Fantastic women (young and old) filled the auditorium and could be seen throughout the show dancing, laughing and enjoying the occasional poignant moments. A standing ovation followed, a night of optimism, education and enjoyment.
The plot follows Jade, an 11-year-old school girl who is coming to terms with the divorce of her parents. When left behind on a school trip she steps into a gallery where behold, the ten fantastically great women, including the likes of Emmeline Pankhurst, Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo others and pop up and out of the cleverly created stage!
Each one sharing their incredible story through energetic performances and lively pop style songs the performers had us in the palm of their hands with hits such as with ‘Deeds not Words’ and the fabulous ‘World of colours.’ The powerful message delivered, with notes to the fact that many of the women were not celebrated until long after their passing and that none had achieved their goals through remaining quiet and ‘good!’
As someone who has shared the stories many times we followed them eagerly but for others it was a brilliant lesson in the history of some of our female greats, the bravery and empowerment of whom should certainly not be forgotten and who paved the way for many today.
The all-female cast and band were an absolute inspiration to the younger audience with the lead role of Jade, the favourite of my 8-year-old, played beautifully. Each of the four actresses playing the amazing women had stand out moments, as they guided her through their real life experiences.
The show, is written by the same authors of Six, and though it doesn’t follow quite the same pop concert feel, we thoroughly enjoyed every moment. From the entry of the toilet messages… hilarious (the show was 70 minutes without an interval) to the of moving letters and a rousing end routine with all performers on stage it truly is one to see.
The Lowry as always is a great venue. Seated in the side boxes I was pleasantly surprised at the view and it meant that in the end performance the actresses interacted with the young girls seated with us. Merchandise was as always available and as mega fans we do already own all of the books but still managed to purchase a ‘Deeds not Words’ pin which is now pride of place in my daughter’s bedroom. Parking here is easy with the multistore carpark, we prepaid for extra simplicity and left without hassle or queue… You can grab some delicious meals and drinks in the theatre at the bar, sadly we didn’t have time tonight but have previously sampled!
All in all, a night not to be missed, young or old. Emilie gives it 11 out of 10!
For another review of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World read here.
Please not we were lucky enough to be invited to attend the Lowry Theatre to watch Fantastically Women Who Changed the World but all opinions are our own.