Edith Rigby play to be performed at the Harris

Posted on - 25th August, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Woman on Fire tells the life story of Edith Rigby
Woman on Fire tells the life story of Edith Rigby

Preston’s suffragette is to be marked with a performance about her life in the city.


The Harris Museum and Art Gallery will see Woman on Fire the story of Edith Rigby.

Rigby, who lived on Winckley Square, was one of the key women in women getting the vote 100 years ago.

Certain Curtain Theatre are performing as part of the Vote 100: Born a Rebel event in the Harris.

Director Claire Moore, who plays Rigby, had previously struggled to find a venue to perform Woman on Fire in.

Read more: Why it is only right there’s an Edith Rigby statue in Preston

She took the show to Edinburgh in 2017, with support and funding from Blog Preston, and received good reviews.

She said: ‘After touring the UK spreading the word about Edith – we are really pleased to be finally performing in ours and Edith’s home town. We hope to have more performances in the future, if we can secure support and suitable venues.

“Edith is a fascinating character and an inspiration to us all – she saw injustice and fought to change things for the better – she persisted against derision and ridicule and imprisonment – that kind of tenacious spirit is one we hope to light in our audiences.”

The event is from 5.30pm to 8pm at the Harris and is hosted by Cinema For All.

Read more: How you can go behind the scenes at Preston’s hidden heritage

Woman on Fire is being performed at 6pm on Thursday 18 October.

Tickets are £7 as standard, £5 for concessions and a children’s workshop is free and available via Eventbrite.

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