Past Production

The Maiden's City: A Herstory of the Walled City (2013)

by Anne Crilly
Produced and Directed by Patricia Byrne

Performed by

Gemma Walker, Abby Oliveira, Nicky Harley

Production team

Debbie Caulfield and Helen Quigley

An exciting and engaging dramatised tour of Derry's Walls which explores the largely hidden history of women in the city. Starting at the Guildhall where local Suffragettes met one hundred years ago, this theatrical journey around the walls focuses on key female characters and events. Eleanor Marx and Mrs Pankhurst meet local shirt factory workers and suffragettes; Cecily Jackson is burned at the stake for infanticide; discover how Cathy Harkin and local women founded Women’s Aid; learn about the lives of women during the Siege of Derry and the Civil Rights Movement. It’s history, but not as you know it!

Brilliant tour! Breathtaking moments along the route. Moving, informative, surprising and fun. Thanks to all.

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

An absolute tour de force! So enjoyable and engaging. Heartiest congratulations to you and your leading ladies. They seemed to be part of the fabric of the walls.

Anne Craig