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EGLANTYNE is a new one woman show exploring the extraordinary life of Eglantyne Jebb, co-founder of Save the Children, passionate human rights activist, radical fundraiser, social reformer.

EGLANTYNE premiered in New Zealand on 1 May 2014 at The Lodge Theatre, Geraldine, and toured to Timaru, Ashburton, Christchurch, Wellington and New Plymouth. Read the reviews... 

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 at London's Tristan Bates Theatre Festival of Solo Performance, Brighton Fringe, London’s Central Family Court and Melbourne’s Rippon Lea Historic National Trust House.



EGLANTYNE Cast and Crew

 Written and Performed by Anne Chamberlain

Directed by KC Kelly

Produced by Ms Chamberlain Presents

Lighting Design – Phil Blackburn
Graphic Design – Maggie Blackburn
Website Design – Charlotte Hird
Props Assistant – Ian Blackburn
UK Props Assistant – Martha Wailes
Shirt Design – Danielle Chamberlain

Hat Creation – Maryanne Cathro
Photography – Ireen Demut

 Acknowledgements: Mary-Jane Baxter, Stephen Blackburn, Tina Callcut, Audrey Chamberlain, Kirsty Chamberlain, Susan Chamberlain, Val Charlton, Anne Ellis, Majory Embleton, Kay Enoka, Sandy Gildea, Heather Hayden, Christina Hoey, Stephanie Hopkins, Corinna Jebb, Lionel Jebb, Richard Jebb, Susan Jebb, Mercy Jumo, Lindsay Nelson, Angela Scott, June Shand, Mark Sims, Derek Smail, Ros Stace, Hugh Stephenson, Howard Taylor, EnsembleImpact Educational Trust, Ideas Shop, Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society, Performing Arts Foundation of Wellington, Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School, Save the Children branch volunteers

EGLANTYNE world premiere - 1 May 2014, The Lodge Theatre, Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand.

EGLANTYNE UK premiere – 11 June 2015, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

EGLANTYNE Australia premiere - 1 March 2016, Holden Street Theatres, Adelaide Fringe

The script includes some direct quotes from Eglantyne Jebb’s letters, articles, speeches and diary entries

Duration 75 minutes

Supported by

fb A proportion of the show's proceeds is donated to Save the Children stc