Elizabeth_Garrett_Anderson

A Woman of Purpose

We wanted to feedback our thanks and congratulations on a stunning performance event at Aldeburgh on Friday 6th October. The story was beautifully re-told by you, and we were impressed at the way you weaved Elizabeth's personal story with an inspirational script of aspiration, overcoming obstacles and campaigning for women's rights. To have the housekeeper and gardener as the narrators was a brilliant idea. It provided a strong, and at times humorous, narrative link to the story and these two characters were cleverly used as a vehicle to move the audience onto the different venues.

We weren't sure how a promenade performance would work, but it was a huge success. It was all the more inspirational to have taken place in buildings that Elizabeth and her family would have known. Planning such an event must have required enormous organisational skills! Not just in researching, writing and presenting the play, but also organising the venues and the musical sections. It was a very strong cast - Stehanie Stoddart particularly captured the personality of EGA and demonstrated her moods and ambitions both verbally and non-verbally. Beatrice Carpenter added charm and talent to both the drama and the music.

It was important that the audience engaged with both you and Paul Pascall, and they did. Jenny’s saucy humour and Barham’s endearing roguish, personality provided perfect companions. We were also pleased that the actors chatted to the audience in-between venues and it was then that we realised that the cast came from all over the county from Gorleston to Woodbridge to Felixstowe. We just wanted you to know that we so much enjoyed the event and also the lectures later in the day. The family story of the Garrett’s, Fawcett’s and Andersons is sometimes rather neglected locally, which is a shame because it is a radical example of how a successful father with an egalitarian vision enabled his daughters to excel and in the process, change history.

First half on you tube

Second half on you tube

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