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Stealing Sheep announce suffrage centenary performance

By | Published on Friday 2 March 2018

Stealing Sheep

Stealing Sheep have announced plans to mark the 100th anniversary of some women in the UK being allowed to vote. As part of their upcoming creative residency in Liverpool, they are seeking fifteen female drummers to join them for a performance of new piece, ‘Suffragette Tribute’.

The group’s five day residency at Liverpool’s The Invisible Wind Factory is part of Both Sides Now – a three year programme to support women in music across the north of England. Beginning on 30 Apr, they will develop ‘Suffragette Tribute’, ahead of its debut performance at the Liverpool Sound City festival on 5 May. The piece will also be performed at Festival No 9 and End of The Road over the summer.

Putting the call out to drummers and percussionists to collaborate with them, the band say: “We want to work with women from different ages, backgrounds and a mix of musical influences and styles, with a shared vision for celebrating women and suffrage. This incredible anniversary has inspired us to create a new piece of music that will come alive during this residency. We want to make a bold statement, bring women together and get loud!”

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation Of The People Act 1918, which allowed women over the age of 30 to vote in UK elections. It was ten years later, in 1928, that the voting ages for women was dropped to 21, in line with men.

Find out more about the Stealing Sheep residency, and how to get involved, here.