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Female led musical coming to Warwick Arts Centre

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Petticoat Council is a folk musical telling the true story of a group of women from Bishop’s Itchington near Coventry. In 1949 they formed the first female majority council in the UK post-WW2 and transformed the village into a thriving community. 

With support from Arts Council England, Coventry City of Culture 2021 and Warwick Arts Centre, it will be touring to five community centres and village halls. The focus will be engagement with local people who may not usually connect with theatre.

The production will be touring across Warwick to professional & community venues as well as a wider Midlands tour in Autumn. It will be performed by an all-female company including the great Niece of one of the women on whom the story is based.

Petticoat Council will embark on a tour of the following dates:

  • Warwick Arts Centre: 15th – 17th June
  • Bishop’s Itchington Community Centre: 18th June
  • Cheylesmore Community Centre: 19th June
  • Great Alne Park: 23rd June
  • Warwickspace: 25th June
  • Jephson Gardens: 27th June

Frankie Meredith is a Leamington based playwright whose works include Turkey (2017), Clementines (2019) and Becoming Danish (2020). Frankie has worked with the likes of the Old Vic & the Hope Theatre. Frankie’s focuses in her career include championing Midlands based stories & creatives alongside combating elitism & inaccessibility in theatre.

Established in 2019, Steph Hartland Productions (SHP) is the realised dream of emerging theatre producer Steph Hartland. Steph focuses on championing female and female-identifying regional voices & platforming them on regional stages with her company. Petticoat Council is 1 of 3 productions currently produced by SHP.

Tickets for Warwick Arts Centre: 


Rural tour tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/steph-hartland-productions-33175245431 


Written by: David Watkins

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