A new play about the life of an extraordinary and inspiring woman who founded Save the Children- the world’s leading independent organisation for children - will be performed on Friday 10 July at 7.30pm.
Eglantyne tells the story of human rights activist and social reformer Eglantyne Jebb. Not many people now recognise her name but this remarkable Edwardian woman’s vision of a better world for children still resonates powerfully today.
In 1919, a few months after the armistice that ended the First World War, a 35-year-old woman started handing leaflets out in Trafalgar Square showing a shocking photograph of two emaciated children. Above it the headline ran: “Our Blockade caused this – millions of children are starving to death.”
Eglantyne Jebb was arrested and tried for her protest against the impact of Britain’s post-war blockade of Germany and Eastern Europe. At her trial she was found guilty, but the prosecuting counsel was so impressed with her that he offered to pay her £5 fine. It was the first donation to the charity that she went on to found, Save the Children.
Eglantyne comes to the UK following a critically acclaimed tour in New Zealand. “Eglantyne’s humanitarian concerns are still urgent concerns today,” says Anne Chamberlain, the show’s writer and solo performer.
Tickets from £7 to £15 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service at: www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk