NEWS: Be inspired by ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, January 2024

 

Family musical Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World will bring some kick-ass-pirational popstar punch to Milton Keynes Theatre this month.

When inquisitive Jade is separated from her class during a school trip to the local museum she ventures into the out-of-bounds Gallery of Greatness. Here she is surprised to meet some of history’s most incredible and independent mothers, sisters and daughters.

This line-up of wonder women – who each followed their hearts, talents and dreams to change the world – includes Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie and Emmeline Pankhurst. It’s time for them to burst into song and share their empowering stories!

 

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World, the musical. Four women wearing purple, military style outfits stand supportively behind a younger woman who is wearing a school uniform.

 

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World is based on a popular non-fiction picture book by illustrator, author and suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurst. The book, which was published in 2016 by Bloomsbury, was the first instalment in her inspiring Fantastically Great series. Dramatist Chris Bush (Standing At The Sky’s Edge) and songwriter Miranda Cooper (Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue) have adapted the book into a stage show with music by Miranda Cooper and Jennifer Decilveo (Miley Cyrus, Beth Ditto).

The show is produced by Kenny Wax. He also produced Six, the international smash-hit musical in which history is over-throne by her-story. With its pop-fuelled, feel-good feminist vibe, perhaps Fantastically Great could be thought of as Six’s little sister.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World had its world premiere at MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton, in November 2021. This was followed by a UK tour with summer seasons at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022.

The cast members for the current tour are: Elena Breschi (Sacagawea, Frida Kahlo and Marie Curie), Jennifer Caldwell (Emmeline Pankhurst, Agent Fifi and Miss Johnson), Georgia Grant-Anderson (Jade), Chlöe Hart (Gertrude Ederle, Jane Austen and Mary Anning), Leah Vassell (Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Mary Seacole), Millie Kiss (Ensemble), Summer Priest (Swing), Rachel Seirian (Swing).

They are accompanied by: Audra Cramer (Musical director and Keys 1), Nicola T. Chang (Assistant musical director, Percussion and Keys 2) and Iris Dunthorne (Drums).

 

Expect an uplifting stage show full of incredible characters.

 

 

Running time: Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.

Age guidance: 7+

 

*Production photography by Pamela Raith.

 

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World is at Milton Keynes Theatre from Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 January. The UK tour continues until 16 March.

 

This preview is also featured on Total MK.

 

Update 25 January 2024: Read my review of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World at Milton Keynes Theatre.

 

 

Georgina Butler is an editor, a dance writer and a ballet teacher.

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