‘Herstory’ ERT in the Community

As East Riding Theatre gears up to our Spring production Beryl by actor and playwright Maxine Peake, we have been working in the local community to celebrate a host of inspirational Yorkshire women.

The theatre has been working on an exciting project with local school children at Molescroft, Keldmarsh, Tickton and St Mary’s Primary schools looking at the stories of 5 inspirational Yorkshire women. 

During drama workshops, led by East Riding Theatre’s all-female Company in Residence, She Productions, children explored the lives of Beryl Burton MBE/OBE (World cycle record holder) Nicola Adams OBE (British Boxing Champion), Dora Thewlis (Yorkshire Suffragette), Karen Briggs (Judo Champion from Hull) and Lisa Muscarella (2nd female firefighter to join West Yorkshire Brigade).

In the next stage of the workshops, local artist Emma Garness helped the children use the stories they’d discovered to paint artwork on petal shaped canvasses which have been sewn together creating a celebratory Yorkshire Rose mural.

The mural, fixed to a wall close to the Creative Lab, in Flemingate, will be officially unveiled on 8th March, ‘International Women’s Day’ at 1.00pm.  The artwork will remain in situ until 20th May.

Audio recordings by pupils from Molescroft Primary School

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