COMPOSER and singer Louise Jordan follows on from her highly successful No Petticoats Here with another must-see one woman show. Having landed Arts Council England funding to write a new solo performance piece around the theme of gender equality, Louise has put together The Hard Way, telling the story of Hannah Mitchell. Born in 1872 into rural poverty in the Derbyshire Peak District, Hannah escaped domestic drudgery to become a campaigner, speaker, writer, suffragette, councillor and finally a Manchester City magistrate.

A self-taught, self-made woman, Hannah left home aged 14, exchanging one exploitative situation for another. In 1906 she found herself face to face with Winston Churchill at a public meeting and went on to campaign on public platforms across Lancashire and London. Created by Louise and Stephanie Jalland of Hoodwink Theatre, The Hard Way, celebrates one woman’s determination to take power in the face of insurmountable barriers, motivated by a desire to improve life for those around her.

Louise performs the show at Settle's Victoria Hall on Friday, October 11 (8pm) as part of her UK tour.

Now a familiar face on the UK music scene, Louise has used her classical music background and her ten years’ experience of touring to arts centres, theatres, folk clubs and festivals in the UK and Europe alongside her earlier career as a secondary school history teacher to produce The Hard Way.

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