Rhondda Rips It Up! | Welsh National Opera

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Friday, June 29, 2018

New Production

Welsh National Opera presents an uproarious comic entertainment

Rhondda Rips It Up! is a riotous romp through the life of Margaret Haig Thomas (Lady Rhondda), the Newport suffragette whose activities paved the way for women’s rights in the personal, professional and political worlds.

Performed in a classic music hall style, with original songs inspired by the suffragette slogans, this tongue-in-cheek production takes you on a whirlwind tour of the inspiring activist’s mission. We’re guided through the story by our very own Emcee (Lesley Garrett) as Lady Rhondda (Madeleine Shaw) takes on politicians, peers and a post box as she marches towards the House of Lords.

Lady Rhondda’s actions paved the way for women’s rights in the personal, professional and political worlds. We’ll showcase this woman’s fight for liberty, survival and equality in a number of ways: from community events, talks and schools workshops to exhibitions,interactive digital experiences as well as the production itself.

The production will premiere in Newport before touring throughout June 2018, with an Autumn tour in October and November to follow. Autumn dates on sale soon.

Supported by the Nicholas John Trust, in memory of Joan Moody

The Ambache Charitable Trust is active in raising the profile of women composers

Supported by The Leche Trust

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Emcee Lesley Garrett

Lady Rhondda Madeleine Shaw

Director Caroline Clegg  

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Lady Rhondda’s actions paved the way for women’s rights in the personal, professional and political worlds. She was involved in high profile protests, jailed for planting a bomb in a Newport postbox and then, after surviving the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, fought for the right to be allowed to take her late father’s seat in the House of Lords. We’ll showcase this woman’s fight for liberty, survival and equality in a number of ways: from community events, talks and schools workshops to exhibitions,interactive digital experiences and a fully staged music hall style performance featuring Lesley Garrett as the Emcee and Madeleine Shaw as Lady Rhondda

The production will premiere in Newport before touring throughout June 2018, with an Autumn tour in October and November to follow.