Beverley Knight: Suffragettes' struggle still relevant today

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Singer Beverley Knight has said that the story of the suffragettes is a "metaphor for so many things going on right now,"

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like how men and women aren't treated equally and how the poor aren't allowed to vote.

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In a new play at the Old Vic, Knight plays Emmeline Pankhurst. Sylvia Pankhurst, who is not as well known as her mother,

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is the subject of the play. Sylvia is a hip-hop musical about the life of a woman who changed the lives of working women and men all over the world.

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She was a "feminist, activist, pacifist, socialist, and rebel." It will start at a theater in London in January.

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"It's a metaphor for so many things going on right now," said Knight, who is known as one of Britain's best soul singers.

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I'm looking at you, Liz Truss and Wasi Kwarteng. How poor people are often left out of what's going on in social and political circles, and how easy it is to ignore them.

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The musical is set in a time when women's voices were not only ignored, but also actively and often violently stifled.

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In a lot of ways, we still haven't moved on. " "Women are still told where they belong. We still have mansplaining.

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We still have gender violence. Look at how the Sarah Everard case got a lot of people talking.

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In the show, we show what happened when Emmeline led a group of women to Parliament on Black Friday, November 18, 1910.

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