Well behaved women seldom make history!
Make way as some of histories greatest, most iconic women take to the stage in this pop-fuelled, utterly inspiring show at the Wales Millennium Centre.
We were invited to come and review Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World last night and it was incredible. If you’re a fan of Six or have an interest in feminist history then this show was made for you. It follows the loose story of young girl Jade who gets left behind by her class on their trip to the museum. While she waits to be found, she decides to take a peak into the Gallery of Greatness. Here she meets some of the greatest and most influential women in history: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Mary Seacole, Marie Curie and Emmeline Pankhurst are just some of the fantastic women who share their stories about how they changed the world and help Jade understand her place in the world.
This fun, upbeat musical brings the stage to life with high-energy performances throughout. But it also carries a heavier message, about the fight that women have had to face throughout history and the struggles we still face today. But what this show did perfectly, was that it didn’t just reel off all the horrible things women have had to go through, instead it’s a show that celebrates the strength, passion and the power of sisterhood. I left the theatre feeling inspired and proud to be part of something, and it was amazing to see so many young women in the audience enjoying the show too.
This show has a small cast but that didn’t stop them from creating an intoxicating, high energy performance, led by a cast of incredibly talented women. Elena Breschitook on the role of Sacagawea, Frida Kahlo and Marie Curie, Jennifer Caldwell portrayed Emmeline Pankhurst, Agent Fifi and Miss Johnson, Chlöe Hart portrayed Gertude Ederle, Jane Austen and Mary Anning, Leah Vassel portrayed Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Mary Seacole, and Rachel Seirian who played Jade in last nights performance. Each one of these women brought something special to the stage and did their characters proud, and together their voices left the audience with goosebumps.
Something I particularly liked about the show, is the choice of women they chose to represent. You had the great, strong adventurers and athletes of history, like Amelia Earhart, Sacagawea and Gertude Ederle. The women who were almost not given the credit they deserved in their fields and we overshadowed by men, such as Mary Seacole, Mary Anning and Marie Curie. But they also celebrated the women who used their voice to create art and fiction, like Jane Austen and Frida Kahlo. This musical showed the audience that even if you don’t shout loud like Emmeline Pankhurst, you can still change the world simply by staying seated, just like Rosa Parks. That is what made this show so special, and incredible to watch.
And a special mention has to go to the set and costume designer, Joanna Scotcher, who helped create the bright, dynamic set and also designed such unique costumes, using a modern twist to bring these characters to life on stage and really helping to capture who they are.
Whatever your age or gender, this show is a must-see! You’ll get to see your favourite female icons brought to life on stage and perhaps learn things about them that you never knew before. Dive into the history books and celebrate the fantastically great women who changed the world!
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World will be at the Wales Millennium Centre until the 21st January and tickets are selling quickly, so get yours here now!
All photos credits to Pamela Raith