Rhondda Rips It Up! is an ‘opera cabaret’ celebrating the extraordinary life of Welsh Suffragette, Margaret Haig Mackworth and marks the centenary of votes for women. David Poutney brought together an all-female company to create and perform this new commission. The challenge was to design set, props and costume that enabled the cast to perform swift scene changes that contributed to the storytelling and in themselves enhanced moments of comedy. The all-female cast played roles of both men and women.
The tour actively engaged women’s community choirs who sang out from the auditorium, creating moments that could not fail to inspire female solidarity.
I began designing this piece whilst one month pregnant; on opening night my child was ten months old. It was a truly extraordinary journey as a designer, a storyteller, a mother and a woman.
Nominated for: International Opera Awards: Best World Premiere
Southbank Sky Arts Award: Best Opera