Rhondda Rips it Up !

21 -22 Jun 7.30pm
Rhondda Rips it Up ! 21 -22 Jun 7.30pm
Thursday 21st June
Friday 22nd June

Welsh National Opera presents an uproarious comic entertainment

Rhondda Rips It Up! is a riotous romp through the life of Margaret Haig Thomas (Lady Rhondda), the Newport suffragette whose activities paved the way for women’s rights in the personal, professional and political worlds.

Performed in a classic music hall style, with original songs inspired by the suffragette slogans, this tongue-in-cheek production takes you on a whirlwind tour of the inspiring activist’s mission. We’re guided through the story by our very own MC (Lesley Garrett) as Lady Rhondda (Madeleine Shaw) takes on politicians, peers and a post
box as she marches towards the House of Lords.

The production will feature an all-female cast and creative team, and is composed by Elena Langer with a libretto by Emma Jenkins

Hackney Empire

£25  (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)

Sung in  English 

Post-show discussion on 22 June

Angela John (Professor of History and biographer of Lady Rhondda) will lead a free post-show discussion in the auditorium with members of the cast and creative team  (Free to same day ticket holders.)  No pre-booking required  – (subject to availability).


Cast & Creative Team

Lesley GarrettEmcee
Madeleine ShawLady Rhondda
Helen ArchdaleAnitra Blaxhall
Sybil Rosie Hay
PridPaula Greenwood
EdithMeriel Andrew
Birkenhead Monika Sawa
Lord AsquithLouise Ratcliffe
Lottie Catherine Wood
DirectorCaroline Clegg
ComposerElena Langer
LibrettoEmma Jenkins
DesignerLara Booth
ConductorNicola Rose
Assistant ConductorBerrak Dyer
Lighting Designer Elanor Higgins

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