Workshops: 24th February & 2nd March


Thursday 24 February 2022, 6pm – 8.30pm

Wednesday 2 March 2022, 11am – 2pm

Wednesday 2 March 2022, 6pm – 8.30pm

Venue: central Coventry (address to be given upon booking) 

Do you live in Coventry or the West Midlands and want to be part of our 2022 immersive theatre experience, The Great Middlemarch Mystery?

Come play a key role in shaping the story of The Great Middlemarch Mystery, a contemporary take on George Eliot’s novel unfolding across four locations in the centre of Coventry in April 2022.

In a series of theatre workshops, we invite you to:

  • create a role from scratch
  • develop methods of interacting with audiences
  • get to know other people with shared interests
  • have a fun and engaging evening together
  • have the opportunity to be part of the final theatre production

More info about the workshops can be found HERE.
Info about the production including the booking link can be found HERE.

Give a voice to the stories you wish to tell and step into a role you have chosen and built together with our professional cast and creatives.

If you live in Coventry or the West Midlands and you’d like to register your interest in the workshop, please email before the date you’d like to attend with the subject line ‘Middlemarch workshop’.

Workshop spaces are limited. Age guidance: 18+
Covid health and safety measures will be in place throughout

Please note there is currently no wheelchair access.

Workshop: Your Story Matters

Finding and Writing Women’s Stories in Coventry Archives 

Saturday, 12th March 2022

11am – 2:30pm (incl. lunch)

Venue: Coventry Archives, Coventry History Centre Jordan Well Coventry CV1 5QP



Interested in women’s history in Coventry and your place in it? Which stories are preserved and what is missing?  

In this hands-on workshop we invite women to contribute to the history of Coventry for the generations to come. Explore creative writing to respond to the stories we find in the Archives and think about what you might want to leave as your own record.    

Join writer and academic Ruth Livesey and Archive Manager Victoria Northridge in exploring how the history of women in Coventry is represented in the Archives, from the earliest of times, to the Victorian age, and the great redevelopment of Coventry in the 1950s and 60s.  

Our workshop is inspired by local female artists who break the mould, from writer George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans), whose novel Middlemarch is a fictional version of women’s lives in nineteenth-century Coventry, and composer Delia Derbyshire, the electronic music pioneer, best known for the theme tune to Dr Who. 

Lunch is provided. Booking is required. 

Image credit: The National Archives (Advert for a clothing sale at Snelgrove and Allen, which lists the types of clothes on sale, 1901)