An outdoor performance celebrating the women who took a stand for the right to vote will take place against the naturally stunning backdrop of the Pocklington Canal later this month.
The critically acclaimed Mikron Theatre Company's 'Revolting Women' is being shown at the Melbourne Village Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 26 September as part of the celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the canal.
Hosted alongside local charity Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, the play marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote.
It follows the Suffragette story through the eyes of Sylvia Pankhurst, the political activist and campaigner for women’s rights who fought for the vote alongside working women in London's East End. Set in 1918, the story revolves around Sylvia and another campaigner called Lettie, who join forces to make their voices heard in Parliament. The play combines Mikron’s trademark songs, dancing and audience interaction in family-friendly shows that often trace the unsung heroes of British history.
Lizzie Dealey, project officer at Canal & River Trust, says: "This is something a little bit different for the Pocklington Canal, and we hope that people will come out and enjoy an evening’s entertainment in a memorable setting.
"All sorts of things are better when they’re done by water – walking the dog, eating lunch, cycling to work – and Mikron will show us that watching a play can be better by water too!
"This event is a great way to round off the year-long bicentenary celebrations which have taken place thanks to support from players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund."
Jonny Kelly, director at Mikron, adds: "Revolting Women is my first director credit for Mikron. I'm so looking forward to getting cracking with the lovely team and seeing the show change in every unique Mikron venue."
Tickets cost £13 and are available online here via Eventbrite. Attendees are advised to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic for this open-air show. In the event of poor weather, the performance will be held in Melbourne Village Hall.