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Kirkstall: Mother of the Revolution

May 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A musical celebration of the life of Kirkstall Forge legend, Betty Beecroft, is set to hit the boards in May in the world premiere of folk musical Mother of the Revolution.

The brainchild of Leeds-born Beth Knight, co-director of Archipelago arts collective, it will bring the untold story of the successful industrialist to life, along with those of the working communities that followed her.

The performance will interweave 275 years of history, celebrating the impact Betty Beecroft and the generations of industrial workers at Kirkstall Forge made to their local community.

Kathryn Hanke (Leeds based actor portraying Betty Beecroft) and Beth Knight (Director) at the Betty Beecroft mural at Kirkstall Forge.

“Rosie MacPherson’s brilliant script platforms stories of workers in the 20th and 21st centuries and paints an honest picture of the impact of deindustrialisation on the area while showcasing the ingenuity, strength and compassion of working people in Leeds across multiple generations.”

Taking you on an immersive journey across history through Leeds Industrial Museum in Armley, the production combines local professional actors, young performers from Interplay Theatre’s Youth Theatre and a community choir. Any local residents wanting to participate in the choir still have the opportunity to participate, with choir rehearsals running every Tuesday evening at Armley’s Interplay Theatre. Contact to take part.

The production will take place on Thursday to Sundays between the 2 – 5 and 9 – 12 May at the Leeds Industrial Museum. Ticket sales launch on International Woman’s Day (Friday, 8 March 2024) via this link.


May 2
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Kirkstall Forge
1 Great Exhibition Way
Leeds, LS5 3BF
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