COMPOSER and singer Louise Jordan is performing her one-woman show in Salisbury.

The Hard Way tells the story of Hannah Mitchell.

Born in 1872 into rural poverty in the Derbyshire Peak District, Hannah Mitchell escapes domestic drudgery to become a campaigner, speaker, writer, suffragette, councillor and finally a Manchester City magistrate.

Following on from the success of her previous show No Petticoats Here Louise Jordan was granted Arts Council England funding to write a new solo performance piece around the theme of gender equality.

While writing a song about the Votes for Women campaign for UK Parliament’s Vote 100 project in 2018 Louise found out about Hannah Mitchell’s remarkable story and wanted to share her story more widely.

Louise said: “History often confines working class women to the home as unremarkable figures destined to a life of domestic drudgery. I want to celebrate Hannah Mitchell as a woman who spoke out about the need for equality amongst people, who became a public figure in addition to managing the workload expected of a woman born into her position. Hannah took action, took responsibility and realised that not all change is revolutionary.

"The Hard Way brings Hannah’s story to life – she was witty with a dry sense of humour, intelligent, honest and compassionate and this offered me wide scope as a songwriter to write varied songs dealing with a wide range of human emotion and experience.”

The last leg of the tour is at St Osmund’s Church Hall on Thursday, October 31, 7.30pm. For more go to