EGLANTYNE is an inspiring new solo play about Eglantyne Jebb, a courageous, charming, passionate, humanitarian, human rights activist and social reformer. In 1919, responding to the devastating famine in postwar Europe, Eglantyne co-founded Save the Children with her sister Dorothy.
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 and pioneering children's rights. Eglantyne drafted the Rights of the Child which evolved into the current United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Eglantyne is one of the most influential women of the 20th century and yet one of the least known.
In 2014, writer/performer/producer Anne Chamberlain launched EGLANTYNE in New Zealand receiving high critical acclaim - “Written with wit and buoyancy, delivered in fine style,” Theatreview, Christchurch. “Studied and heartfelt portrayal … engaging, informative and very entertaining,” The Dominion Post, Wellington. “A rich and fascinating creation and portrayal,” Theatreview, New Plymouth.
In 2015, EGLANTYNE toured the UK with a preview at Eglantyne's Shropshire childhood home, a UK premiere at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn and onto Ludlow, Hereford, Cambridge, and The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire. EGLANTYNE is directed by KC Kelly. www.eglantynetheshow.com