In another life Beverley Knight would have nailed it as a history teacher. She barrels out of the Old Vic rehearsal rooms wearing a T-shirt that says “Deeds not words”, the maxim of Emmeline Pankhurst, and gives me such an enthralling history lesson on the suffragette movement that I would happily sit a GCSE.
Knight, 45, plays Emmeline in a show about the activist’s daughter, Sylvia. This year marks 100 years since some women were first granted the right to vote , and it seems only fitting that the lives of forward-thinking women should be told in modern ways.
Sylvia, which is in previews at the Old Vic, is the brainchild of choreographer Kate Prince. Together with her dance company ZooNation, Prince has made a show that combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk, and joins the dots between the suffragettes and women’s lives today.