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Stitched-up-theatre presents an audioplay of a new contemporary opera for Yorkshire inspired by the true story of Mary Frances Heaton.

The Unravelling Fantasia of Miss H is a poetic portrayal of a Victorian woman imprisoned by a society intent on control. Chronicling Mary’s life-long struggle to hold on to her identity, it is based on her embroidered words of defiant protest and the surviving medical records from her confinement in Wakefield Asylum.

Composed, performed and produced by Red Gray and Sarah Nicolls, this audioplay is an adaptation of the stage play directed by Zoe Bouras for Stitched-up-theatre.

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This project is supported by Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired and PRS Foundation. Special thanks to Wakefield’s Mental Health Museum and West Yorkshire Archives for their resources and support.

You may also enjoy the online workshop Stitch your Story, presented by Stitched-up-theatre in partnership with the Thackray Museum Leeds.

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Stitched-up-theatre was conceived in 2018 by Red Gray. Her passion is to create bold performance which alights the senses, stirs the soul and moves the heart aspiring always to leave the audience in a state of altered consciousness! Stitched-up-theatre is here to tell stories which need to be told, by those who need to tell them to those who need to hear them through the converging expressions of physical theatre, opera and contemporary classical music.