Yorkshire Tour 2023 dates:
Halifax Playhouse - Thursday 23rd February
CAST Doncaster - Tuesday 2nd March
Theatre Royal Wakefield - Tuesday 7th March
Left Bank Leeds - Thursday 9th March
The tour will also incorporate Radical Stitching Workshops for Women’s community groups run by Yorkshire textiles artist Hayley Mills-Styles and Empowering Singing Workshops for women refugees and those seeking asylum led by Red Gray and supported by Opera North.
More news coming soon on where and when to catch our heritage activity taking place during the tour including talks, exhibition of women’s stitching and an audio and visual installation commemorated to Mary Frances Heaton.
Arcola Performance Review September 2022
On the 9th and 10th September 2022 ‘The Unravelling Fantasia of Miss H.’ featured as part of the Arcola Theatre’s annual Opera Festival ‘Grimeborn’. The show was warmly received and described by one Opera goer as ‘a modern classic’. It was heralded as ‘a powerful operatic tribute to Mary Frances Heaton’ by Opera Today. Read the review here.
Show Premiere - Tête à Tête Opera Festival, August 2021
The Unravelling Fantasia of Miss H' had a successful premiere as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in the summer of 2021.
"the unravelling fantasia... was a real highlight of our 2021 festival. In a place where striking originality finds a home we've had few shows more thrillingly original. The company found the most touching way to tell a heartbreaking story. I can't recommend it highly enough." (Bill Bankes-Jones Artistic Director Tete a Tete Opera)
Stitch Your Story
We were proud to present in partnership with Thackray Museum of Medicine our reflective embroidery project. We invited you to share your story through stitch in our exciting project 'STITCH YOUR STORY', inspired by the life and embroidered words of Mary Frances Heaton. Many joined in creating their own sampler as we explored identity through creative words and expressive embroidery.
Mary’s story and our Opera hit the Press!
Mary’s ‘extreme lockdown’ story has enjoyed some exposure through 2020 with articles in the Guardian, Observer, Yorkshire Post and Wakefield Express!
Interview with Sarah Cobham Director of Dream Time Creative
Interview with Red Gray Artistic Director of Stitched-up-theatre
In November 2020 a Blue Plaque was unveiled in Wakefield on the site of the old Clock Tower situated in the centre of what used to be the Asylum grounds in honour of Mary Frances Heaton (See image attached). This was due to the hard work and commitment of our Wakefield partners Dream Time Creative and their collaboration with Wakefield Civic Society. Here is the online event which commemorated the day.
During Lockdown our 2020 Yorkshire Tour was postponed and in its place we reached audiences through the production of an audioplay – featured on Opera North’s Together Arts website and broadcast on East Leeds FM/Chapel FM Radio
Unable to visit in person, we engaged with our Women’s community workshop participants through online expressive embroidery tutorials and the sending out of embroidery packs designed by Lola– see workshop page for the some of the beautiful work which resulted from women stitching in lockdown.