Take Art and the Merlin bring big theatre to little venues

15 September 2014

Wrong Un’ is a new one-woman suffragette musical, telling the story of Annie Wilde, a Lancashire mill-girl, galvanised by a rousing mixture of injustice, conviction, self-doubt and fear on her journey from schoolroom to prison cell and beyond.

This extraordinary musical drama draws on class, privilege, hope and disappointment in wartime England and marks an important time in post WW1 history.

As part of the Take Art and Merlin Theatre project Merlin in Mendip, bringing top quality big stage theatre to local village venues, Wrong ‘Un is visiting four Somerset venues this week, from including Leigh-on-Mendip, Chaffcombe, Frome and Batcombe.

The show was written by ex-Chumbawamba guitarist and writer Boff Whalley, and directed by Justin Audibert, It is a one-woman musical performed by Ella Harris.

Writer Boff Whalley comments, “I was prompted to write the musical after hearing from a friend who had discovered her grandmother's 100-year-old collection of suffragette memorabilia, letters, photograph albums and newspaper cuttings. Amongst the finds was her grandmother's suffragette medal, awarded to those women who were imprisoned and force-fed in Holloway Gaol for taking direct action. Suddenly, something distantly historic became personal and human; and I knew that I had a play to write.”

Show Times Across Mendip

  • Leigh on Mendip Memorial Hall: Wed 17 Sept, 8pm. Call 01373 813115 or book online.
  • Chaffcombe Village Hall: Thur 18 Sept, 7.30pm. Call 01460 65909 or book online.
  • The Merlin Theatre: Fri 19 Sept, 7.45pm. Call 01373 465949 or book online.
  • Batcombe Jubilee Hall: Sat 20 Sept, 7pm Call 01749 812218 or book online.

Tickets are still available for all four venues and you can find out more and book online here.


To request images/further information please contact Louise Monks, Marketing & Communications Manager for Take Art: 01460 249450 / louise@takeart.org