Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, King's Theatre, Review

Submitted by Erin Roche on Thu, 28 Apr '22 5.00pm
Rating (out of 5)
Fantastically Great Women production
Show details
Kenny Wax Family Entertainment in association with MAST Mayflower Studios
Fiona Jane Coombe (company manager), Nicholas Doherty (stage manager), Jan Baird (deputy stage manager), James Stokes (LX 1), James Scotney (sound 1), Benjamin Laws-Williams (sound 2), Maddy Raven (tech swing), Nicola Stimpson (head of wardrobe), Chris Bush (stage adaptation), Chris Bush & Miranda Cooper (lyrics), Miranda Cooper & Jennifer Decilveo (music), Amy Hodge (director), Joanna Scotcher (set and costume designer), Dannielle 'Rhimes' Lecointe (choreographer), Zoe Spurr (lighting designer), Carolyn Downing (sound designer), Rob Bettle (co-sound designer), Rosie Pearson for Pearson Casting (casting), Jennifer Decilveo (orchestrations and music production), Nick Coler (additional music production), Jen Green (live arrangements), Audra Cramer (musical director), Tamsin Rose (production manager), Lucy Baker-Swinburn (music technology), Ellie Hurt (associate director), Jackie Kibuka (associate choreographer), Jo Hawes (chaperones and child administrator), Chrissy Maddison (costume supervisor), Robyn Hardy (props supervisor), Kate Panhurst (author of the picture book upon which the production is based)
Kudzai Mangombe (Jade), Jade Kennedy (Sacagawea, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Miss Morris), Renée Lamb (Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Mary Seacole, Miss Ashley), Christina Modestou (Gertrude Ederle, Jane Austen, Mary Anning, Miss Richards), Kirstie Skivington (Emmeline Pankhurst, Agent Fifi, Miss Johnson), Clarice Julianda (swing), Elisa Zavou (swing), Audra Cramer (Musical Director, keys), Rhiannon Hopkins (Assistant Musical Director, Percussion, 2nd keys), Nicola T. Chang (Assistant Musical Director (original production)), Chloe Rianna (drums)
Running time

Inspired by old photographs of Amelia Earhart, picture book author Kate Pankhurst (yes, distantly related to suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst) set to work doodling a fictional character called Lady Wilkinton, a female explorer who travelled the world looking for unique finds for her museum. What ensued was a book series of inspiring stories for young girls which tell the histories of some of the most fantastic women who have changed the world. Kate shares, “The stories you hear when you are young are incredibly important, they can help you look at the world in a new light and feel a little braver - they help to form the jigsaw of you.”

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is a charming musical championing young women to find their inner strength and to stand strong in their convictions, talents and dreams. It is all quite moving, if you imagine what it would be like to sit there as a tween looking at her whole life ahead of her and wondering the same questions that are asked throughout the show, “What are you capable of?” and “Where do you want to go?”

The set echoes these sentiments. Feeling slightly SIX inspired, this girl-powered production features an all-female cast and musical accompaniment, the likes of which are on full upstage display and part of the action instead of supporting from behind or beneath. Arrows are painted every which way on all parts of the set, further driving that “find your path” messaging, delivered expertly by our Gallery of Greatness who include:

Amelia Earheart, Sacagawea, Gertrude Ederle, Emmeline Pankhurst, Jane Austen, Frida Kahlo, Agent Fifi (aka Marie Christine Chilver), Mary Seacole, Marry Anning, Marie Curie, Rosa Parks and Anne Frank

What a line up!

Jade Kennedy, Renée Lamb, Christina Modestou and Kirstie Skivington bring to life these authors, suffragettes, scientists, pilots, etc. etc. through punchy, sweet songs to lift your heart and the spirits of our leading lady Ukdzai Mangombe as Jade, a young girl who has (seemingly) been left behind at a school trip to the museum. She struggles with feeling unseen and unheard, her family struggling with divorce at home and herself feeling the weight of the uncertainty of her future and her place in the world, as many young girls can probably relate.

Absolutely perfect for ages 10 - 16, you must bring your daughter/friend/niece along to Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World and sit together through 85 minutes of the ultimate family-friendly girl power musical!


Evenings 7pm | Matinees Fri & Sat 3pm

Running time (approx.): 1 hour 24 minutes (no interval)

Age: 7+


BOX OFFICE: 0131 529 6000