Stitched Up Theatre present

The Unravelling Fantasia of Miss H.

By Red Gray and Sarah Nicolls
Text based on the embroidered words of Mary Frances Heaton

Directed by Zoe Bouras

It is 1837 and Mary has been arrested for a breach of the peace. She is an outspoken woman and the authorities of Doncaster are confounded. They sentence Mary to a lifetime confinement in Wakefield Asylum.
The Unravelling Fantasia of Miss H. is a poetic portrayal of a Victorian woman imprisoned by a society intent on control.
Mary Frances Heaton’s tale is told through her own words, her defiant protests stitched into embroidered samplers and discovered in the asylum years later.
Mary’s struggle to hold on to her identity and reach the outside world speaks across the years, her outrage at a corrupt system urging us to ask ‘How much have things have really changed?’
This contemporary opera is a new composition by soprano Red Gray and Sarah Nicolls with her inside-out piano.

The Unravelling Fantasia of Miss H. is part of Grimeborn Opera Festival 2022. Explore the full programme →

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  • Running time: 80 minutes (no interval)
  • Accompanied by an inside out piano
  • Sung in English
  • Use of Strobe Lighting
  • Suitable for 12+