ED2022 3/5 Reviews ED2022 Theatre Reviews

Eglantyne (Anne Chamberlain)

By | Published on Sunday 7 August 2022

An energetic opening scene introduces our eponymous campaigner for reform, dishing out flyers depicting starving children in post-war Europe’s Blockades. Next step, a public meeting set up at the Royal Albert Hall in May 1919 to drum up financial support and Save The Children was born. The opening drama doesn’t last: Chamberlain delivers a full chronology of Eglantyne Jebb’s life and there’s a lot to take in; some details could stand a lighter touch. Stepping out of character to narrate unremarkable details of her own life where she sees parallels only distract from the celebration of this inspiring character who deserves the limelight. Jebb is also to thank for her ‘Declaration Of The Rights Of The Child’ which inspired today’s UN Convention. 

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Catherine Meek]