Show Premiere - Tête à Tête Opera Festival, August 2021

We are proud to announce that 'The Unravelling Fantasia of Miss H' will be premiering as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival this summer on Thursday 5th August at The Cockpit, London.

Visit the Tête à Tête website for more information about the show and to secure your tickets!

Stitch Your Story

We are proud to present in partnership with Thackray Museum of Medicine our new reflective embroidery project. We invite you to share your story through stitch in our new exciting project 'STITCH YOUR STORY', inspired by the life and embroidered words of Mary Frances Heaton. Join us to create your own sampler as we explore identity through creative words and expressive embroidery. Starts 5th May 2021Contact Red to get involved!

Future Plans

Plans are afoot for our Yorkshire Tour 2022. We plan to visit Yorkshire towns: Wakefield, Halifax, Leeds and Doncaster to deliver our activities based around: Live Opera performance of The Unravelling Fantasia of Miss H./ Radical embroidery Workshops/ Installation and documenting exhibition.

Watch this space for further information.

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 

Blue Plaque

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.

Lockdown News

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.