From a remote hilltop farm in the Derbyshire moorlands to Manchester city magistrate. The Hard Way is a one-woman show of storytelling with song by acclaimed musician and composer Louise Jordan.
With two weeks’ formal schooling behind her and through her sheer force of character, Hannah escapes domestic drudgery to become a campaigner, speaker, writer, suffragette, councillor and finally a magistrate.
A self-taught, self-made woman, Hannah leaves home aged 14 years, exchanging one exploitative situation for another. In 1906 she finds herself face to face with Winston Churchill at a public meeting and spends time in Strangeways prison. This show celebrates one woman’s determination to take power in the face of insurmountable barriers, motivated by a desire to improve life for those around her.
Louise Jordan is a singer, songwriter, musician and composer whose interests include history and the tradition of interpreting stories through song. With a particular interest in the representation of women Louise places interaction at the core of her practise, inspired by the ability of music to generate discussion and debate.
The Hard Way was partially funded with EFDSS Creative Seed Funding.