mother of the revolution

mother of the revolution

Mother of the Revolution is a new folk musical celebration of the life of a forgotten Yorkshire legend – industrialist Betty Beecroft; unearthing her untold story and those of the working communities that came after her. This will be a show about what we share with our neighbours, what we learn from our past, what brings us together and tears us apart. 

Mother of the Revolution began development in 2021 with the support of Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired and Leeds Industrial Museum as part of Leeds Museums and Galleries. 

In 2022 we are developing this work further with an ambition to stage a full production in 2023. We are offering a whole host of creative, free workshops as well as inviting people to get involved in making and performing Mother of the Revolution. See below for current information of where and when you can join in. 

If you would be interested in taking part in activities or being a part of this production please contact Beth at or fill in this form to be kept up-to-date.

how/where you can get involved

leeds 2023 roadshow event at kirkstall forge
thurs 21st july

Hear us perform two songs from Mother of the Revolution with members of our cast and local community participants and hear more about the show!

open rehearsal drop-in
leeds industrial museum
wednesday 3rd august

Come and step into the Mother of the Revolution rehearsal room. Chat to us about what we’ve been up to, join in or listen to some songs and tell us what you think!

family friendly activities
leeds industrial museum
sunday 14th august

Come and join the Mother of the Revolution for family-friendly fun. Colour in pictures of Betty, make your own song, forge a new invention and move like a machine!

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