Edge Hill University Dance students joined forces with nationally acclaimed Liverpool pop band Stealing Sheep for a powerful free performance at Edge Hill on 20 September 2019 celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote.
Part of Edge Hill’s Wonder Women programme of events, Suffragette Tribute brought together an all-female performance and production team in an hour-long processional extravaganza featuring the three band members, 15 percussionists and 12 members of the University’s 3rd Edge Dance Company. The innovative show, which incorporated original new music, choreography, costumes, design and mapped projection, took the audience on a unique visual and aural journey as it wound its way around the campus.
The performance has already been enjoyed by more than 3,000 Sound City festival-goers in May, and it attracted even bigger audiences at Latitude Festival earlier in the month. The national tour will continue to End of the Road Festival, Festival Number 6, Museum of London Head for the Hills and other events throughout the summer, with the students travelling over 1,700 miles on the tour.
Suffragette Tribute has received considerable media attention, been profiled on Radio 1, Radio 4 and 6Music and in the national press, and named as one of the stand-out performances at this year’s Sound City Festival.
Cathy Butterworth, Arts Centre Manager, said:
“The project with Stealing Sheep is a great way for students to get firsthand experience of working in the Arts, hone their skills and boost their employability. By the time the tour ends, several thousand people will have seen this work, and the students will have had an amazing professional performance experience.”
A further 12 Performing Arts students are currently working on a brand new performance with Stealing Sheep that will premiere at The Great Exhibition of The North in Newcastle at the end of August and, as a direct result of working with Stealing Sheep, 15 Edge Hill Dance students have featured in a music video with Liverpool band The Coral.