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Welsh National Opera presents an uproarious comic entertainment.  

Featuring Lesley Garrett

Director: Caroline Clegg

Conductor: Nicola Rose

Thursday 7 June at 7.30pm

Tickets - £18, concessions - £15

My Ladies, Lords and Gentlemen! WNO cordially invites youto the World Premiere of the rip-roaring, uproarious musical comedy Rhondda Rips It Up!  

This tongue in cheek entertainment has been created foryour delectation by the illustrious Ms Elena Langer (composer and suffragette) and the inimitable Ms Emma Jenkins (librettist and suffragette). 

It is our great pleasure to take you on an unforgettablejourney through the life and adventures of that unsung heroine of the WelshSuffrage movement, Margaret Haig Thomas, the Viscountess Rhondda.

Suffragette, activist and entrepreneur, Lady Rhonddapaved the way for the equal rights for women. As well as campaigning tirelesslyfor women’s suffrage, she became the lightning rod for women’s efforts duringWW1, survived the sinking of the Lusitania and created the radical feministmagazine Time and Tide.  Her indefatigable efforts and endeavourswere finally rewarded when, in 1918, women over the age of thirty were enfranchised.

This thigh-slapping romp through the world of suffrageand song is told through the lens of music-hall and fittingly sports anall-female cast and creative team.  Theaudience will be guided through the story by our very own Emcee (LesleyGarrett) following the escapades of Lady Rhondda (Madeleine Shaw) and her bravebattalion of suffragettes as they fearlessly takes on Peers, politicians andpost-boxes in their struggle for women’s rights.

WNO will showcase this woman’s fight for liberty,survival and equality in a number of ways: from community events, talks andschools workshops to exhibitions, interactive digital experiences as well asthe production itself.


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