No Petticoats Here is a project that tells the stories of remarkable women of the First World War through song. The research, songwriting, composition and delivery took eighteen months and has taken me from Portsmouth to Pervijze and from Ulverston to Ypres by way of many museums, battlefields, private collections, libraries and research centres. I have also been fortunate to have the support of the women’s families and leading historians.
I have been touring with No Petticoats Here since 2015 and in July 2017 I was awarded funding by Arts Council England to develop the performance into a theatre concert show with a prerecorded soundscape and stage props learning from audience feedback. I am a Creative Lab Associate to the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth who have also supported me in this project.
Feedback from performances of No Petticoats Here:
“I will remember now! A wonderful evening. Excellent stories and brilliant songs.”
“Louise has an amazing voice and incredible talent and an obvious joy and enthusiasm in her subject.”
“Thank you for a wonderful evening. Superb research and an original way to tell women’s history.”
“Breath-taking journey through so many strong women’s history. Made me want to stand up and fight.”
“You bring these women alive and honour them. Amazing.”
View more audience feedback here.