Deptford Wives

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13 July 2019 | 12 noon
National Maritime Museum

Deptford Wives tells the remarkable true story of Mary Lacy, the female shipwright. Join us for a concert performance of this new musical. 

In 1773, Mary Lacy, a poor girl from Kent facing a lifetime as a domestic servant, ran away from home, disguised herself as a man, and joined the British Navy.

She became an apprentice shipwright, but when her gender was revealed, she was expelled from the Navy, leaving her to find her identity as a woman in a man's world.

Mary went on to become an architect and builder, building a row of houses now known as Deptford High Street, found time to write her memoirs and was the first woman to be granted a pension from the British Admiralty.

This musical explores the passionate love affair between Mary and her soon-to-be 'wife' Elizabeth Slade, and how the impossible became possible.

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Tickets must be picked up by 11:50am on the day. Tickets uncollected by 12 noon will be reallocated to waiting patrons with latecomers not permitted.

This is a free event supported by Arts Council England, Greenwich Community Arts Fund, National Maritime Museum & Albany Theatre.

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Cast and crew 

Story and Book by Jennie Buckman

Lyrics by Nikki Racklin

Music by Anthony Kosky

Directed by Tania Azevedo

Arrangements and Musical Directed by Daniel Jarvis


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