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Science and Industry Museum

It's 100 years since the Representation of the People Act (1918) passed into law, bringing with it full voting rights for men, and partial voting rights for women.

As part of this landmark year, this new theatre production delves into Manchester's rich local history—from the Suffragettes to the Chartists—exploring familiar voices, and some that you may never have heard before.

Expect comedy, plenty of politics and Manc pride, as the award-winning Contact Young Company reflect on history and the possibilities for the future.

Please note that She Bangs the Drums contains adult themes and language that some may find offensive.


Directed by Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit (Sh!t Theatre).

Presented by Contact Young Company and People's History Museum, in association with the Museum of Science and Industry. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Part of Wonder Women Festival 2018.

Visitor information

Evening performances for this show will use a special entrance on Liverpool Road, not the main museum entrance. Please look out for signs and hosts from Contact who can point you in the right direction. 

If you have any enquiries about this event, please call the Contact box office on 0161 274 0600 or email

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