'Rouse Ye Women!' by Townsend Productions

Saturday April 6th at the Congregational Church Hall (off Green Lane) Belper at 7.30pm A free event.  Refreshments available.

There is a special performance of the nationwide tour of 'Rouse Ye Women', a new folk ballad about Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers in early 20th century Britain.

The folk music is written and arranged by world-renowned folk musician John Kirkpatrick, of SteelEye Span fame.


*‘Rouse Ye Women!’  tells the story of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the West Midlands.In 1910 they began a successful ten-week strike, led by the charismatic union campaigner Mary Macarthur, to more than double their earnings and establish the principle of a national minimum wage.

The show is compelling and humorous, and contains many original specially written folk songs by John Kirkpatrick.

The cast includes exciting new singer Bryony Purdue and established folk singer Rowan Godel (Oyster Band) with Neil Gore, founder and core member of Townsend Theatre Productions.

There is a strong storytelling element in this engrossing and thought provoking Folk Ballad with stirring songs, music, poetry and movement.

Join us for this fantastic night and salute the bravery and inspiration of Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath.


Doors open at 7pm, 20 minute interval, donations welcome. Parking: at the Coppice (free) 5 minutes away.


To avoid disappointment, reserve your free seat  at  EventBrite:https://rouseyewomen.eventbrite.co.uk

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