Herizons go ‘Live at Lyme’!

Legends of Lyme

Fancy something to look forward to as the nights draw in and the leaves begin to fall? How about a very special performance at National Trust’s Lyme by our Herizons Creative Women’s Group?

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Legends of Lyme is an innovative devised piece, exploring the untold stories of women from Lyme’s Regency Era through drama and music: Meet Sarah Glave, the mother to Lyme’s illegitmate heir; Ellen Turner, the young woman at the heart of an abduction scandal; Ellen Jane Legh, a motherless girl who finds solace in daydreaming, and Maud Lowther, an accomplished musician ahead of her time. The stories and secrets of all these women will unfold against the atmospheric backdrop of Lyme’s Saloon on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October, at 12pm and 3pm each day.

Legends of Lyme has been commissioned by Creative Industries Trafford, in partnership with the National Trust and Trust New Art, as part of ‘Live at Lyme’ – a series of new performance events taking place at Lyme throughout September.

Herizons are thrilled to be bringing their unique energy and creativity to such an inspiring venue and cannot wait to share these incredible women’s stories with you!

The performances are free to attend, though usual Lyme entry prices apply – please see their website for details.

About Herizons

Herizons is a community performance group of local women who meet every week for music and drama workshops at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Some members of the group first came together to devise and perform Gaskell: The Musical! – a sell out sensation at Manchester Histories Festival 2016 – and we are pleased to have welcomed new members along the way. Other performances since then include Strong Manchester Women and a special musical opening to Manchester City Council’s International Women’s Day Awards at the Town Hall. Herizons sessions are delivered by enJOY arts and Claire Mooney, in partnership with Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

 

 

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Top of the Bill – young women set to perform at Greater Manchester Police Museum

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun – it’s now less than 2 weeks until young women from Cedar Mount Academy perform their special site-specific piece at the Greater Manchester Police Museum! We can’t wait to share what the group has been creating and the good news is you have two opportunities to join in the fun! Please call or email us for FREE tickets (details on the flyer below) and be speedy as spaces are limited!Top of the Bill FlyerTop of the Bill Flyer Reverse

Uncovering archives at Greater Manchester Police Museum

We had another great afternoon with young women from Cedar Mount Academy at the Greater Manchester Police Museum yesterday. As part of our Her Hidden Histories project, the group are in the process of creating a promenade performance at the museum and so we took this opportunity to rifle through the fascinating archive material for additional inspiration. We were joined once again by Heather Roberts, our fantastic Archive Consultant on the project, who helped the girls to explore and make sense of what they found. The group were full of energy and enthusiasm, despite having come straight from their school sports day, and left buzzing with even more creative ideas for the performance – which is in just over 2 weeks time! Watch this space for more details…

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Walking the beat at Greater Manchester Police Museum

We had a fantastic afternoon at the Greater Manchester Police Museum yesterday, for the next phase of our Her Hidden Histories young women’s project. Young women from Cedar Mount Academy had great fun exploring the museum, quizzing the volunteers and learning to march in formation! The group are currently working towards a performance at the museum, inspired by true stories of the first women to work in policing. We’ll be bringing their ideas to life in creative sessions over the next few weeks and, if today’s visit is anything to go by, it’s sure to be a lot of fun! Check back soon for more details on the performance.

In the Driving Seat – young women set to perform at Museum of Transport

Less than 3 weeks to go until our ‘In the Driving Seat’ performances by young women at the Museum of Transport! We can’t wait to share what the group has been creating and the good news is you have two opportunities to join in the fun! Please call or email us for FREE tickets (details on the flyer below) and be speedy as spaces are limited!

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These performances are part of our ‘Her Hidden Histories’ project, working to creatively engage young women and other new audiences with small heritage venues across Manchester. More news soon on our next performance at the Greater Manchester Police Museum!

Strong Manchester Women!

The Herizons group excelled themselves in a rousing performance inspired by strong women from Manchester’s history at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House last night!

From Peterloo activist Mary Fildes, to modern day anti-racism campaigner Louise Da-Cocodia, they took their audience on a lively journey through time with sketches and songs.

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The group have been working on the performance in weekly sessions since the beginning of March and were delighted to be able to share the stories they’d uncovered to an enthusiastic audience:

‘Fabulous performance – entertaining and informative, well done… When’s the next one?!’

‘I hope you continue to inspire others and carry on being powerful!’

‘Loved it all – the final song was very uplifting, great!’

Herizons is a community performance group of local women who meet every week for music and drama workshops at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Some members of the group first came together to devise and perform ‘Gaskell: The Musical!’ – a sell out sensation at Manchester Histories Festival 2016 – and we are pleased to have welcomed new members along the way. The group were recently honoured to perform at Manchester City Council’s International Women’s Day Awards at the Town Hall. This term, the Herizons group has been funded by the One Manchester Community Fund and sessions are delivered by enJOY arts and Claire Mooney, in partnership with Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

We’ll soon be able to share some exciting news about what Herizons’ next adventure will be – so watch this space!

 

Reprising Gaskell: The Musical!

We’ve had a fantastic week teaming up again with enJOY favourite Claire Mooney to reprise ‘Gaskell: The Musical!’ for both private and public audiences at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. The show was devised and performed by a warm and lively group of local women and originally premiered at Manchester Histories Festival back in June. The sell-out success of the initial run led to various requests for a reprise  – which we were delighted to be able to arrange with support from Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, One Manchester and Places for People.

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Production week began on Monday, bringing our wonderful performers back together to brush up on the songs and then pretty much hit the ground running with full technical and dress rehearsals. The enthusiasm and camaraderie of the cast, most of whom had never met each other before the original project, sprang quickly back to life as if they’d never been apart.

Tuesday was another busy day with 2 performances for staff, tenants and friends of One Manchester and Places for People. It was great to have another opportunity to share the piece with even more local people and the feedback from these audiences was incredibly positive:

‘It was lovely to see women that I know excelling at something I didn’t even know they were involved in. LOVED IT!!!’

‘Fantastic – actors did an excellent job – makes me feel empowered as a woman.’

‘A superb introduction to the house, which I never knew was on my doorstep! Just the right mix of prose and music, wonderfully performed.’

On Wednesday, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House had commissioned a private performance as a treat for their hard-working volunteers, most of whom know both the House and Mrs Gaskell very well. It was lovely to be able to give back to this fantastic team whose support around the House has been invaluable throughout the rehearsal process. The cast were particularly pleased to have an enthusiastic endorsement from this audience:

‘Totally outstanding. Very talented women, clearly enjoying performing together. Incredibly professionally put together. Elizabeth Gaskell would be proud!’

‘Well done! Absolutely brilliant, brought the house to life and captured the spirit of Mrs Gaskell and her family.’

‘It got right to the essence of Elizabeth Gaskell… EXACTLY what the house should be doing. A triumph!’

Thursday saw our final show of the week to a public audience, which we were delighted to find had sold out again! This audience was a real mix of people including members of the Gaskell Society, people from the local neighbourhood, students and more. It was wonderful to end the week on a high with even more incredible audience comments:

‘Great idea. Brought me to the house for the first time. Learnt some things and loved the rap!’

‘Brilliant performance. Lovely it’s local people – more please!’

‘A wonderful production. So alive, so filled with energy. Bringing history and world changing needs into music and drama.’

‘Excellent performances. Please do something else ladies – don’t go back to the day job!’

It’s safe to say our talented cast of women have definitely got the performing bug now and we’re busy plotting what our next project with this group might be… so watch this space!