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EGLANTYNE is a new one woman play exploring the extraordinary life of Eglantyne Jebb, a courageous, charming, passionate, humanitarian, human rights activist, radical fundraiser, social reformer and co-founder of Save the Children.  From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, social work in Cambridge, heartbreaks, suffrage rallies, spiritualism, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square, saving starving children and pioneering children’s rights.

In 1919, responding to the British Government’s lack of response to the devastating famine in postwar Europe, Eglantyne and her sister Dorothy Buxton founded Save the Children. Eglantyne drew up the Rights of the Child which evolved into the current United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Eglantyne Jebb is one of the most influential women of the 20th century and yet one of the least known.

EGLANTYNE opened in New Zealand on 1 May 2014 in Geraldine and played in Timaru, Ashburton, Christchurch, Wellington and New Plymouth.

In 2015 EGLANTYNE toured in the UK launching with a private preview at Eglantyne Jebb's childhood home The Lyth, Ellesmere, Shropshire; followed by the UK premiere at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury; Ludlow Assembly Rooms in the Ludlow Fringe Festival; Courtyard Theatre, Hereford; Mumford Theatre, Cambridge; and The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire.

In 2016 EGLANTYNE premiered in Australia at the Adelaide Fringe at Holden Street Theatres. EGLANTYNE also toured to New Zealand secondary schools in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Timaru.

In 2017 EGLANTYNE played sold out shows at London's Tristan Bates Theatre Festival of Solo Performance, to critical acclaim at the Brighton Fringe and to an overflowing house at London’s Central Family Court.

EGLANTYNE plays at Melbourne’s Rippon Lea Historic House, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria 3185
2pm and 6.30pm on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 August 2017

These shows are fundraisers for Save the Children


Currently booking tour dates for 2017, 2018 and 2019

Written with wit and buoyancy, delivered in fine style – Lindsay Clark, Theatreview, Christchurch

Studied and heartfelt portrayal … engaging, informative and very entertaining – Ewen Coleman, The Dominion Post, Wellington

Humanity owes the child the best it has to give – Eglantyne Jebb

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Written and Performed by Anne Chamberlain
Directed by KC Kelly
Produced by Ms Chamberlain Presents

Duration 75 minutes

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