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MEDIA RELEASE 18 August 2017


EGLANTYNE – VISIONARY, PIONEERING HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, FOUNDER OF SAVE THE CHILDREN – NEW PLAY COMING SOON TO RIPPON LEA, MELBOURNE

EGLANTYNE, an inspiring new solo play about the visionary, pioneering human rights activist Eglantyne Jebb, is coming soon to Melbourne playing at Rippon Lea Historic House, at 2pm and 6.30pm on 24 and 25 August. Eglantyne was a courageous, passionate, humanitarian and social reformer. In 1919, challenging the British government’s lack of response to the devastating famine in post-war Europe, Eglantyne and her sister Dorothy Buxton founded Save the Children. In 1923 Eglantyne drafted the Rights of the Child, which evolved into the UN Convention.

These EGLANTYNE shows at Rippon Lea Historic House are fundraisers for Save the Children.

From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, social work in Cambridge, Bloomsbury parties, heartbreaks, suffrage rallies, spiritualism, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square, and pioneering children's rights.

EGLANTYNE launched with a critically acclaimed tour in New Zealand. “Written with wit and buoyancy, delivered in fine style,” Theatreview. “Studied and heartfelt portrayal … engaging, informative and very entertaining,” The Dominion Post

EGLANTYNE then toured to Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Hereford, Cambridge, North Yorkshire and Adelaide. EGLANTYNE recently played to sold out houses 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 is written and performed by Anne Chamberlain, directed by KC Kelly and produced by Ms Chamberlain Presents. Show duration is 75 minutes.

Writer and performer, Anne Chamberlain says, “When I discovered Eglantyne Jebb, I felt compelled to share her story by creating a piece of theatre. Eglantyne was a brave, unconventional, global thinker. Sadly, many of Eglantyne’s humanitarian concerns, visions and actions are still extremely relevant today - thinking about the devastation of Syria, the refugee crisis, famines in Africa. As well as Eglantyne’s heroic moments, the play explores her struggles, vulnerabilities, disappointments and heartbreaks, which seems to draw her closer to our lives, our frailties, and our humanity. Eglantyne is one of the most influential women of the 20th century, yet one of the least known.”

Anne is a performer, writer and producer working in theatre, film, television and festivals in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. EGLANTYNE is written and performed by Anne Chamberlain and directed by KC Kelly. Show duration is 75 minutes.

For Interviews - Anne Chamberlain anne.e.chamberlain@gmail.com Mobile +6421399159
For Photos and more information about the show - www.eglantynetheshow.com
For Tickets www.eventbrite.com.au/e/eglantyne-the-play-tickets-34346460187

EGLANTYNE Show Times – 2pm & 6.30pm Thu 24 & Fri 25 August 2017, at Rippon Lea Historic House, 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick, Vic 3185

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Media Release 8 March 2017

EGLANTYNE – coming soon to LONDON and BRIGHTON April/May

Inspiring solo play about Eglantyne Jebb - visionary, passionate, pioneering human rights activist, co-founder of Save the Children

EGLANTYNE, an inspiring new solo play about the visionary, passionate, pioneering human rights activist Eglantyne Jebb, is playing two shows in London, near Leicester Square, in the Tristan Bates Theatre, FIRST Festival of Solo Performance, 6.30pm Mon 17 and Tue 18 April. EGLANTYNE then plays in the Brighton Fringe at Sweet Waterfront 1, Jurys Inn Waterfront Hotel, 4pm Fri 5 – Thu 11 May. Bookings are open – details below.

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. From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, social work in Cambridge, heartbreaks, suffrage rallies, Bloomsbury parties, spiritualism, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square and pioneering universal children's rights. In 1923, Eglantyne drafted the Rights of the Child which evolved into the current United Nations Convention.

Eglantyne was a courageous, passionate, humanitarian, human rights activist and social reformer. Eglantyne Jebb is one of the most influential women of the 20th century yet one of the least known.

EGLANTYNE launched with a critically acclaimed tour in New Zealand - “Written with wit and buoyancy, delivered in fine style,” Theatreview. “Studied and heartfelt portrayal … engaging, informative and very entertaining,” The Dominion Post. EGLANTYNE then toured to Shropshire, Hereford, Cambridge, North Yorkshire and Adelaide.

Writer and performer, Anne Chamberlain says, “It’s terrific touring EGLANTYNE in the UK, especially visiting her old haunts. Eglantyne was arrested in Trafalgar Square, minutes away from the Tristan Bates Theatre. It was a great privilege and somewhat daunting performing a preview show in Eglantyne’s beloved Shropshire childhood home where Jebb family members still live.  I loved imagining her bursting through the front door, running up the stairs, sitting on the chairs.”

“When I read about Eglantyne, I felt compelled to share her story by creating a piece of theatre. Eglantyne was a brave, unconventional, global thinker.  Sadly, many of Eglantyne’s humanitarian concerns, visions and actions are extremely relevant today, thinking about the devastation of Syria, the refugee crisis, famines in Africa.  As well as Eglantyne’s big heroic moments, the play explores her struggles, vulnerabilities, disappointments and heartbreaks which seems to draw her closer to our lives, our frailties and our humanity.”

Anne works in theatre, film, television and festivals in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Anne co-wrote, produced and performed in the children’s musical Witch Mother and with the cabaret comedy group The Flannelettes.  Other acting roles include Viola in Twelfth Night, Adrianna in The Comedy of Errors, Jill in Equus, Joyce in The Ruffian on the Stair and Vicki in Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls.  Anne’s other work includes Voice Artist for Deutsche Welle Television and Manager of the New Zealand Arts Festival's Writers Week.

EGLANTYNE is written and performed by Anne Chamberlain, directed by KC Kelly and produced by Ms Chamberlain Presents. Duration 75 minutes. A portion of the show’s proceeds is donated to Save the Children. 

BOOKING DETAILS

EGLANTYNE is playing two shows in London, near Leicester Square
6.30pm, Mon 17 & Tue 18 April, Tristan Bates Theatre, FIRST Festival of Solo Performance
Tickets £12 / £10 020 3841 6611 / www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

EGLANTYNE plays in the Brighton Fringe
4pm, Fri 5 – Thu 11 May 2017, Sweet Waterfront 1, Jurys Inn Waterfront Hotel, Brighton
Tickets £10 / £8 01273 917272 / www.brightonfringe.org / www.sweetvenues.com
For Interviews - Anne Chamberlain anne.e.chamberlain@gmail.com
For Photos and more information about the show - www.eglantynetheshow.com

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Media Release – 2 December 2015
EGLANTYNE VISIONARY EDWARDIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE AT ADELAIDE FRINGE
, 6pm 1 - 6 March 2016

EGLANTYNE, an inspiring new solo play about the visionary, Edwardian, human rights activist Eglantyne Jebb, premieres in Australia at the Adelaide Fringe, Holden Street Theatres, 6pm Tuesday 1st until Sunday 6th March, 2016.  Eglantyne Jebb is one of the most influential women of the 20th century yet one of the least known.  Eglantyne was a courageous, passionate, humanitarian, human rights activist and social reformer.  In 1919, responding with humanitarian zeal to the devastating famine in postwar Europe, Eglantyne and her sister Dorothy Buxton founded Save the Children, the world's leading independent organisation for children.

In 1923, Eglantyne drafted the Rights of the Child which evolved into the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  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 universal children's rights.

EGLANTYNE recently toured in the UK following a critically acclaimed launch tour in New Zealand. “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.

Writer and performer, Anne Chamberlain says, “It was terrific touring EGLANTYNE in the UK, especially visiting her old haunts. It was a great privilege and somewhat daunting performing a preview in Eglantyne’s beloved Shropshire childhood home where Jebb family members still live.  I loved imagining her bursting through the front door, running up the stairs, sitting on the chairs.  The UK premiere was at Shrewsbury’s wonderful Theatre Severn.”

“When I first read about Eglantyne, I felt compelled to share her story by creating a piece of theatre. Eglantyne was a brave, unconventional, global thinker.  Sadly, many of Eglantyne’s humanitarian concerns are huge and urgent concerns today – the devastation of Syria, millions of refugees flooding into Europe, famines in Africa.  As well as Eglantyne’s big heroic moments, the play explores her struggles, vulnerabilities, disappointments and heartbreaks which seems to draw her closer to our lives, our frailties and our humanity.”

Anne co-wrote, produced and performed in the children’s musical Witch Mother and with the cabaret comedy group The Flannelettes.  Anne’s other notable acting roles include Viola in Twelfth Night, Adrianna in The Comedy of Errors, Jill in Equus, Joyce in The Ruffian on the Stair and Vicki in Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls.  Anne’s other work includes Voice Artist for Deutsche Welle Television, Manager of the 2012 New Zealand Arts Festival's Writers Week and Michael Palin's Personal Assistant. 

EGLANTYNE is written and performed by Anne Chamberlain, produced by Ms Chamberlain Presents, directed by KC Kelly and playing at 6pm Tue 1 – Sun 6 March, Holden Street Theatres, 34 Holden Street, Adelaide.  Show duration is 75 minutes. Adults $25, Concessions & Groups $20. A portion of the show’s proceeds is donated to Save the Children.

For Interviews - Anne Chamberlain anne.e.chamberlain@gmail.com Mobile +64 21 399159
For Photos and more information about the show - www.eglantynetheshow.com
For Tickets – Tel 1300 621 255 www.adelaidefringe.com.au www.holdenstreettheatres.com

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Media Release –
14 May 2015 – for immediate release

EGLANTYNE UK TOUR LAUNCHES IN SHROPSHIRE

Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn is hosting the UK premiere of EGLANTYNE, a new one woman play about the extraordinary and inspiring Eglantyne Jebb. Eglantyne is one of the most influential women of the 20th century and yet one of the least known. Born and raised in Shropshire, Eglantyne was a courageous, charming, passionate, humanitarian, human rights activist and social reformer. In 1919, responding with humanitarian zeal to the devastating famine in postwar Europe, Eglantyne and her sister Dorothy founded Save the Children which is now the world's leading independent organisation for children.

From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, social work in Cambridge, heartbreaks, spiritualism, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square, saving starving children and pioneering universal children's rights. Eglantyne drafted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child which evolved into the current United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most universally accepted human rights treaty.

EGLANTYNE comes to the UK following a critically acclaimed tour in New Zealand. “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.

Anne Chamberlain, the show’s writer and performer, discovered Eglantyne Jebb while working in New Zealand on contract as a communications adviser for Save the Children. “The more I read about Eglantyne, the more I was drawn to her inspiring life and unconventional ways. I felt compelled to share her story by creating a piece of theatre. Although Eglantyne was from another century on the other side of the world, I felt oddly connected to her. She was a brave, modern thinker with a truly international view of the world. Eglantyne had tremendous energy and drive. Eglantyne’s humanitarian concerns are sadly still urgent concerns today. Eglantyne’s visionary legacy is still relevant and making a difference. As well as her big heroic moments, the play explores her struggles, vulnerabilities, disappointments and heartbreaks which seems to draw her closer to our lives, our frailties, our humanity.”

Anne says, “I was very keen to bring EGLANTYNE to the UK and it’s terrific to launch the show in Eglantyne’s childhood Shropshire, with the UK premiere on Thursday 11th June at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn. The show then tours to Ludlow, Hereford, Cambridge and Richmond, North Yorkshire. Other UK dates will be announced soon.”

“I’m performing a private preview show for the Jebb family and some close friends at Eglantyne’s childhood home, near Ellesmere, where Jebb family members still live. It’s a real privilege to be able to perform the show in Eglantyne’s much beloved childhood home. It’s an amazing thought and feels like I’m taking Eglantyne home.”

EGLANTYNE is written and performed by Anne Chamberlain, directed by KC Kelly and produced by Ms Chamberlain Presents. The show’s duration is 75 minutes. A proportion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Save the Children.

Anne Chamberlain is the writer, solo performer and producer of EGLANTYNE. Anne was born in New Zealand, has a BA (Hons) from New Zealand’s Otago University and studied post-graduate theatre in London. In 2014 EGLANTYNE toured in New Zealand receiving high critical acclaim. Anne produced, co-wrote and performed in the comedy group The Flannelettes playing at theatres and festivals including the Olympics Arts Festival in Barcelona. Anne produced, co-wrote, directed and performed in the successful touring children’s musical comedy Witch Mother. Anne’s other notable acting roles include Viola in Twelfth Night, Adrianna in The Comedy of Errors, Jill in Equus, Joyce in The Ruffian on the Stair, Ariel Bright in Ariel Bright and Vicki in Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls. Anne’s behind the scenes roles have included Voice Artist for Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin, Manager of the 2012 New Zealand Arts Festival's Writers & Readers Week, Michael Palin's Personal Assistant and National Publicist for Columbia TriStar Films (UK).

KC Kelly directed EGLANTYNE. KC is an American by birth, a New Zealander by choice. He studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and Columbia University. KC has been an actor in theatre, film and television for 39 years and for many years was the Senior Drama Tutor at Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand National Drama School. He directed Gary Henderson's An Unseasonable Fall of Snow for the 1998 New Zealand Arts Festival. KC’s other directing credits include Boomers Behaving Badly, The Boxer, Knot a Problem and Island Mafia.

EGLANTYNE UK 2015 TOUR DATES (more dates to be announced soon)

- Thu 11 June 7pm, UK Premiere - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, Shropshire Box Office 01743 281281 www.theatresevern.co.uk

- Sun 14 June 8pm, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Ludlow Fringe Festival, Shropshire Box Office 01584 878141 www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

- Thu 18 June 7pm, Courtyard Theatre, Hereford Box Office 01432 340555 www.courtyard.org.uk

- Thu 2 July 7.30pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge Box Office 0845 1962320 www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre

- Fri 10 July 7.30pm, Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire Box Office 01748 825252 www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk

WHAT THE NEW ZEALAND CRITICS SAID

- 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

- Successful portrayal of passionate activism – Hugh McCafferty, Theatreview, Geraldine

- A performance of considerable intensity, energy and thought. Beautifully delivered and the very full house was completely held in thrall – Anne Ellis, Drama News, Timaru - A story that enriches us all – John Smythe, Theatreview, Wellington

- A rich and fascinating creation and portrayal of Eglantyne Jebb – Ngaire Riley, Theatreview, New Plymouth

For further information & interviews - Anne Chamberlain anne.e.chamberlain@gmail.com

For information about EGLANTYNE the show - www.eglantynetheshow.com

For information about Save the Children - www.savethechildren.org.uk

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Media Release
Thursday 12 June 2014


EGLANTYNE – Coming soon to New Plymouth

EGLANTYNE – passionate, enriching, inspiring - coming soon

EGLANTYNE is a new one woman play exploring the extraordinary life of Eglantyne Jebb, courageous, charming, passionate, human rights activist, radical fundraiser, social reformer and co-founder of Save the Children. EGLANTYNE is coming to New Plymouth’s 4th Wall Theatre on Thursday 10 July.

Eglantyne Jebb is one of the most influential women of the 20th century and yet one of the least known.  Responding with humanitarian zeal to the devastating famine in postwar Europe, Eglantyne and her sister Dorothy founded Save the Children in 1919, an organisation which became the world's leading independent organisation for children.

Eglantyne drew up the Rights of the Child which evolved into the current United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most universally accepted human rights treaty. From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, heartbreaks, suffrage rallies, spiritualism, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square, saving starving children and pioneering universal children's rights.

EGLANTYNE launched in Geraldine on 1 May then toured to Timaru, Ashburton, Christchurch and Wellington. EGLANTYNE is coming to New Plymouth’s 4th Wall Theatre for one night only on Thursday 10 July. EGLANTYNE is written and performed by Anne Chamberlain, directed by KC Kelly and produced by Ms Chamberlain Presents. After the show, there will be a question & answer session with Anne Chamberlain and KC Kelly.  Part of the show’s proceeds will go to Save the Children.

Successful portrayal of passionate activism – Hugh McCafferty, Theatreview, Geraldine

A performance of considerable intensity, energy and thought.  It was beautifully delivered and the very full house was completely held in thrall – Anne Ellis, South Canterbury Drama League News, Timaru

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
A story that enriches us all – John Smythe, Theatreview, Wellington

Anne Chamberlain produced, co-wrote and performed in the comedy group The Flannelettes who played festivals and toured internationally. She produced, co-wrote, directed and performed in Witch Mother, a popular children's musical comedy.  As well as performing in theatre, film and television, Anne’s behind the scenes roles include manager of the 2012 New Zealand Arts Festival's Writers & Readers Week, national publicist for Columbia TriStar Films (UK), Michael Palin's personal assistant, voice artist for Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin, communications for the New Zealand Film Commission and unit publicist several feature films in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

An American by birth, a Kiwi by choice, KC Kelly has been an actor for 39 years and for many years was the Senior Drama Tutor at Toi Whakaari, the National Drama School.  KC directed Gary Henderson's An Unseasonable Fall of Snow for the 1998 New Zealand Arts Festival. He has also directed Jane Keller's Boomers Behaving Badly, The Boxer by Matthew Saville, and solo shows Knot a Problem and Island Mafia.  KC is co-founder and Artistic Director of EnsembleImpact which tours New Zealand plays to secondary schools.

For further information and interviews please contact:

Raewyn Greig – Email raewyn@4thwalltheatre.co.nz or Tel 027 2265227

Anne Chamberlain – Email anne.e.chamberlain@gmail.com or Tel 021 399 159

For information about 4th Wall Theatrewww.4thwalltheatre.co.nz

For information about EGLANTYNE the showwww.eglantynetheshow.com

For information about Save the Childrenwww.savethechildren.org.nz

Book Tickets at:

4th Wall Theatre, 11 Baring Terrace, New Plymouth
Tel 0800 4thwall
www.4thwalltheatre.co.nz

7pm, Thursday 10 July 2014
Adults $35
Concessions, Seniors, Tables of Six or more $30
Students $20

Show duration 70 minutes followed by a Question and Answer session with writer/performer Anne Chamberlain and director KC Kelly

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Ms CHAMBERLAIN PRESENTS
Media Release
WEDNESDAY 23 APRIL 2014

EGLANTYNE FUNDRAISER SHOW FOR SAVE THE CHILDREN

EGLANTYNE - a new one woman show – explores the extraordinary life of Eglantyne Jebb, human rights activist, radical fundraiser, social reformer and the founder of Save the Children.

Eglantyne Jebb is one of the most influential women of the 20th century and yet one of the least known.  Responding with humanitarian zeal to the devastating famine in postwar Europe, Eglantyne founded Save the Children in 1919, an organisation which went on to become the world's leading independent organisation for children working in 120 countries including New Zealand.
Eglantyne drew up the Rights of the Child which evolved into the current UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most universally accepted human rights treaty.  Eglantyne was a courageous, humble, witty, charming revolutionary.  From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, heartbreaks, suffrage rallies, spiritualism, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square, saving starving children and pioneering universal children's rights.

EGLANTYNE is touring the country fundraising for Save the Children opening at the Lodge Theatre in Geraldine on Thursday 1 May before heading to Timaru, Ashburton, Christchurch and to Wellington on 22, 23 and 24 May at the Hannah Playhouse.  More tour dates and venues are to be announced, current tour dates are listed on www.eglantynetheshow.com

EGLANTYNE is written and performed by Anne Chamberlain, directed by KC Kelly and produced by Ms Chamberlain Presents. 
Anne Chamberlain produced, co-wrote and performed in the comedy group The Flannelettes who played festivals and toured internationally. She produced, co-wrote, directed and performed in Witch Mother, a popular children's musical comedy.  As well as performing in theatre, film and television, Anne has had many behind the scenes roles including manager of the 2012 New Zealand Arts Festival's Writers & Readers Week, national publicist for Columbia TriStar Films (UK), Michael Palin's personal assistant, voice artist for Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin, communications for the New Zealand Film Commission, unit publicist and production work on several feature films in the UK and New Zealand.

An American by birth, a Kiwi by choice, KC Kelly has been an actor for 39 years and for many years was the Senior Drama Tutor at Toi Whakaari, the National Drama School.  He directed Gary Henderson's An Unseasonable Fall of Snow for the 1998 New Zealand Arts Festival.  KC has also directed Jane Keller's Boomers Behaving Badly, The Boxer by Matthew Saville, and solo shows Knot a Problem and Island Mafia.  KC is co-founder and current Artistic Director of EnsembleImpact which tours New Zealand plays to secondary schools throughout the country.

For further information and interviews please contact:
Anne Chamberlain - Email anne.e.chamberlain@gmail.com or Tel 021 399 159
For information about EGLANTYNE the show & tour dates – www.eglantynetheshow.com
For information about Save the Children – www.savethechildren.org.nz

 
 
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