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Women’s History Month: What’s On In The North-West?

Coinciding with International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, Women’s History Month highlights the too-often overlooked contributions of women throughout history. To mark the month, we’ve rounded up a selection of shows in the North-West celebrating women, from Elizabethan England’s wealthiest woman, through radical suffragettes, to ground-breaking contemporary writers.

Woman On Fire

Saturday, 16th March 2019 at The Stockport Plaza

Woman On Fire seeks to shed light on suffragette history through Edith Rigby. A mild-mannered Doctor’s wife, Rigby had a secret identity as an arsonist, bomber and militant suffragette. Certain Curtain Theatre’s dynamic, original production will take you back in time to experience one woman’s fiery fight for women’s right to vote.


Photo Credit: Diego Berruecos

Valeria Luiselli in Conversation with Kamila Shamsie

Wednesday, 20th March 2019 at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Valeria Luiselli’s forthcoming novel Lost Children Archive skillfully intertwines two stories that explore home, exile, memory, childhood, identity, history and belonging. The first focuses on a family that set out on a road trip from New York to Apacheria, the region the Apaches once called home. The second story focuses on children traveling to the US from Central America and Mexico, risking their lives crossing rivers and deserts with a coyote, and always without their parents, passports or maps.

As part of the Manchester Literature Festival, Valeria will be in conversation with Kamila Shamsie, MLF Patron and author of Home Fire, winner of 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction.


Katy Dye: Babyface

Photo credit: Daniel Hughes

Wednesday, 20th March 2019 at The Studio, The Lowry

Katy Dye returns with her Edinburgh Fringe hit show exploring the infantilisation of women. Welcome to a world of knee socks, bunches, lollipops, bubblegum and models adopting the childlike expressions of six-year-old girls. At once brave and outlandish, in this Autopsy Award winning show, a grown woman attempts to be your baby to discover if innocence really is as sexy as society tells us it is.


Bess the Commoner Queen

Saturday, 23rd March 2019 at The Studio, The Lowry

“In these troubled times, Fortune hangs by a single thread…” Born a farmer’s daughter, Bess of Hardwick rose to become the richest woman in Elizabethan England, a close friend and Lady-in-Waiting to Elizabeth I, and simultaneously, confidante to Mary Queen of Scots whom Bess and her 4th husband (the Earl of Shrewsbury) kept under “house-arrest” for over 15 years until Mary’s execution. This is a story of survival and astonishing business success in the brutal world of Elizabethan politics.


Big Ideas: Adelle Stripe at The Holbeck

Sunday, 24th March 2019 at The Holbeck, Leeds

A celebrated playwright from Bradford’s Buttershaw estate, Andrea Dunbar wrote The Arbor and Rita, Sue and Bob Too before her untimely death in 1990, aged just 29. Adelle Stripe’s debut novel, Black Teeth And a Brilliant Smile, is based on Andrea’s life, and she plans to share Dunbar’s genius at this pay-what-you-decide event. Stripe will explore archive material, read scenes from Dunbar’s plays, and share her own expertise on this ground-breaking Northern writer.

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