Theatre at Ropery Hall

Two theatre performances, both with a strong northern theme, feature in Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall programme for early March,

On Wednesday, March 2, Felix Hodcroft and Sue Wilsea, known as The Hull to Scarborough Line present, their own homage to Winifred Holtby on the 80th anniversary of the publication of her best known novel, South Riding.#

Holtby, as well as being a prolific writer, was also a political activist, journalist, reviewer and lecturer.  Born across the River Humber in the East Riding of Yorkshire she was brought up in Cottingham.  When women got the right to vote in 1928, she produced A New Voter’s Guide to Party Programmes aimed at helping new women voters find their political feet.

In this dynamic and thought-provoking show, Take Back Your Freedom, written and performed by Felix and Sue a spotlight is thrown on this remarkable woman and what she achieved in her tragically short life.

On Sunday, March 6 three great writers from the north make the journey to Barton for Northern Voices – Writing with a Northern Voice.

Yorkshire born dramatist John Godber, calculated as being the third most performed playwright in the UK behind William Shakespeare and Alan  Ayckbourn, is joined by novelist and dramatist Helen Cross and poet Peter Sansom to discuss what it is to write with a “Northern Voice” in this light-hearted evening of poetry, prose, questions and answers.

“Don’t miss this thoroughly entertaining evening brought to Barton by Northern Accent to listen to these three read from their work and talk about their relationships with the North and how it has shaped their work and careers, and then take the opportunity to ask them questions in a questions and answer session,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

Both performances begin at 7.30pm and tickets to see Take Back Your Freedom cost £6 or £5 concessions.  Tickets to see Northern Voices cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door with a special price for students of £5.  Tickets can be bought online at, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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“One of the musical voices of the year, discovered right here on this show” – Graham Norton, BBC Radio2
“Quite extraordinary…Every hair on my body is standing on end” – Gaby Roslin, BBC Radio London
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