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Women to the four in Liverpool

Published: 13 May 2018
Reporter: David Upton

Four new plays focusing on the strong women are being showcased as part of the Liverpool Fringe by the City’s Make It Write production group under the title Virago.

Tomb, The Great Escape, Killing Children and Kitty, Queen of The Wash House, which were all selected anonymously, will be staged at the Hope Street Theatre on June 15 and 16.

Tomb, by Ian Gray, tells of Cait, a pilgrim searching for a truth which resides, she believes, in the tortured memory of the reclusive Francis.

David Haworth’s offering, The Great Escape, was inspired by his 17 years leading workshops about storytelling for terminally ill patients.

Kitty, Queen of the Wash House, by John Maguire, is the story of Liverpool legend Kitty Wilkinson whose life in the Victorian era of the City was pockmarked with poverty, death and brutal hardship.

Make It Wright founder Sharon Colpman is keen to focus on women in the year celebrating the achievements of Suffragettes and Year of the Woman.