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)

Future Plans

Plans are afoot for our Yorkshire Tour 2022/2023. 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.

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 

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.