It's The Wrong Way to Tickle Mary

its the wrong way to tickle mary

‘Joyful, moving, thought-provoking…’

‘... Making serious statements in an accessible way’

‘Wonderful, funny and very quirky’

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In late 2018 and early 2019, MaD Theatre Company and the Delaney Theatre Group performed their original play It’s the Wrong Way to Tickle Mary to a series of sold-out theatre audiences across Greater Manchester.

On Thursday 28 February 2019, hosted by the Women in the Humanities programme, they bring this funny and poignant production to the University of Oxford, inviting you on a journey through the north west’s rich cultural history to the time of suffragettes and the First World War . . .

The FREE event, which is Open to All, will feature Selected Scenes from It’s the Wrong Way to Tickle Mary, before MaD writers & directors Rob Lees and Jill Hughes join cast members to discuss their experience of creating and staging the play collaboratively in an audience-led Question & Answer Session.


Further Details

It’s the Wrong Way to Tickle Mary is part of a major Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and John Fell Fund-funded project, based in History, which looks at Housing, Culture and Women’s Citizenship in Britain, c.1945 to the present:

Along with North Manchester-based community theatre group MaD, this project involves as partners the Working Class Movement Library (Salford), the Guinness Partnership (affordable housing registered provider), writer Charlotte Delaney and Salford Women’s Aid.

Professor Selina Todd, Co-Director of the Women in the Humanities programme, leads this work, which builds on earlier AHRC-funded project Feminism, Culture and Women’s Lives in Britain, c.1945-c.2015.

As part of this earlier project, the Delaney Theatre Group also staged two sold-out performances of a new adaptation of Salford-born playwright Shelagh Delaney’s trilogy Sweetly Sings the Donkey, at the city’s Lowry Theatre in September 2017.


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