An Equal Future: Voices Off panel event with The Old Vic

We need to work for equality every day and with enormous urgency” – Catherine Mayer, co-founder of Women’s Equality Party

At our most recent Voices Off panel event Mishcon de Reya and the Old Vic discussed An Equal Future. The Voices Off Programme, conceived in September 2015 at the start of Matthew Warchus’ inaugural season as Artistic Director, is a series of talks, conversations, debates and workshops examining the themes raised by the productions on the main stage. An Equal Future, hosted at the Old Vic, addressed the themes raised in SYLVIA, which celebrates the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.

The panel, chaired by Mishcon de Reya’s Immigration Partner Maria Pastalos, comprised Nimco Ali, co-founder and Director of Daughters of Eve; Catherine Mayer, co-founder of Women’s Equality Party and author; Priya Parmar, novelist, freelance writer and co-writer of SYLVIA; and Dr Faiza Shaheen, Director of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) and author. The debate celebrated the past 100 years since the partial vote was given to women, whilst expanding on what we need to do to secure equality for the future.

SYLVIA, co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, ran from 3-22 September at The Old Vic.