A Wrong ‘Un reached out from history

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A new one-woman suffragette musical, telling the story of Annie Wilde, a Lancashire mill-girl, opens its UK tour at The Lowry in Salford next Thursday.

Written by ex-Chumbawamba guitarist and writer Boff Whalley, directed by Justin Audibert, Wrong’Un is a one-woman musical performed by Ella Harris, above.

It’s February 1918, and after several decades of protest and four years of war Parliament is poised to grant votes for all women.

After years of direct action, arrest, imprisonment and force-feeding, it seems their time has come.

Wrong ‘Un centres on Wilde, a Lancashire mill-girl galvanised by injustice, conviction, self-doubt and fear on her journey from schoolroom to jail cell and beyond in a musical drama that draws on class, privilege, hope and disappointment in wartime England.

Whalley was prompted to write the musical after hearing from a friend who had discovered her grandmother’s 100-year-old collection of suffragette memorabilia, letters, photograph albums and newspaper cuttings.

“Among the finds was her grandmother’s suffragette medal, awarded to women who were imprisoned and force-fed in Holloway Gaol for taking direct action.

“Something distant, historic became personal and human; and I knew I had a play to write.”

It is performed on Thursday and Friday. Box office: www.thelowry.com