2018

Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle

 Ely
Thursday 21 June – King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DB  King’s Ely Recital Series Tickets

London School of Economics
Wednesday 4 July 7.30pm – The Shaw Library, Old Building, Houghton St (off Aldwych entrance), Holborn, London Tickets LSE Ticket Shop

Hitchin Festival
Saturday 7 July – Woodside Hall, Hitchin

Cambridge
Monday 16 July – Cambridge Federation of Women’s Institutes

The St Marylebone Festival
Thursday 26 July 7.30pm – St Marylebone Church, 17 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5LT  St Marylebone Festival Tickets

London
Wednesday 3 October 7.30pm – Milton Court Concert Hall, Silk Street Barbican Box Office

2019

Dorchester Arts
Friday 15 February – Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF

Isle of Wight
Saturday 16 February – Quay Arts, 15 Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD


Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! 2018

Church Stretton Arts Festival, Shropshire.
Wednesday 1 August – Church Stretton Arts Festival

East London
Thursday 8 November 8pm  – Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, London E18 2RB


Past Performances 2018

Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle

London
1 February Redbridge Drama Centre, 
We were enraptured by the show. What a brilliant new play. What an outstanding actress!  I felt like I had met Ethel.  I would love to see it all again.” audience member

Cornwall
8 February Sterts Studio, Liskeard.
9 February The Acorn, Penzance.
10 February The Poly, Falmouth
“…a very powerful performance, fascinating character portrayed, and also the sensitive and skilled piano accompaniment.” Acorn Theatre Trustee

Cambridge
15 February Rayner Centre
“Another absolute triumph!  Your combined musical skills are tremendous.  Last night you gave us an extraordinary insight into the life and music of a truly remarkable woman.  It was magical, moving and totally engrossing.”  Nick Barnes Chairman & Programme Secretary, The Arts Society, South Cambs

Hemel Hempstead
3 March The Old Town Hall. “A tremendously thought provoking and moving show.  Lucy’s performance; such brilliant acting and her beautiful voice!” Audience member.

Woking
11 March Rhoda McGaw Theatre 
“Grasp the Nettle was truly wonderful, dramatic, skillful, accomplished and overall simply rather brilliant. Thank you for opening my eyes to the talent and life of Ethel Smyth… an incredibly virtuosic, dynamic and engaging performance.” Dr. Amy Bebbington

Tunbridge Wells
18 April The Forum. “Fantastic evening, wonderful musical range and riveting account of Ethel Smyth’s life as well as her contribution to the women’s suffrage campaigns…unforgettable.” Mary Carol Wilson

Cumbria – Arts Out West Tour
20 April Ireby
21 April Gosforth
27 April Wreay Village Hall
“…inspired performance, captures Ethel with such a compelling mix of humour, strident determination – and integrity, intensity, vision – of a soul shot through with subtle affection. It made for a brilliantly varied evening and we loved it. The music was a revelation, large enough for a vast space and then suddenly intimate, and unexpectedly lyrical, rendered so beautifully.” Rosemary Pavey

Northumberland – Highlights Tour
26 April St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope
28 April The Cheviot Centre, Wooler
29 April Lesbury Village Hall

“absolutely amazing, so inspirational- thank you so much …so lucky to be able to experience exceptional shows in a friendly, intimate atmosphere in such beautiful locations. A truly magical theatre experience.” Audience member

Sandstone Ridge Festival
20 May Tattenhall, Chester.
“Thoroughly recommend this entertaining moving and compelling show. Told in the composer’s words and brilliantly constructed and performed.”  Martin Bussey Conductor/Composer

English Music Festival
28 May Silk Hall, Radley College, Oxfordshire.
“Can’t recommend Lucy Stevens play with music about Ethel Smyth highly enough. Superb acting and vocal performances and some exceptional navigation of fiendish piano reductions by Elisabeth Marcus. Funny, touching and uplifting – A must see!” Light Music Society