A LOCAL small town tale comes to Malvern next month, telling the story of how a real life group of housewives in a rural Warwickshire village broke down barriers to transform the area and community around them, forming the first female council in Britain.

Petticoat Council is a folk musical set in the wake of the devastation wrought by the Second World War, with Britain and its people still struggling to be anything but austere – the women of Bishops Itchington brought about change and hope, showing how to make great change on a local level, inspiring a nation.

The all-female company includes the great-niece of one of the women on whom the story is based, written by Frankie Meredith.

Producer Steph Harland said: “Basically, this story, of these women, didn’t happen in a city.

“It isn’t in London, or Manchester or Birmingham, although it’s near Coventry.

“It happens in a place you wouldn’t expect, a place you wouldn’t expect a revolution to happen.

“And from women you wouldn’t expect to start a revolution.

“And where do revolutions begin? Like everything, they begin with a mother…”

Incorporating storytelling, song, dance and puppetry and starring Helen Booth, Madi MacMahon, Georgina Periam and Savannah Gallo, Boys Club Theatre’s Petticoat Council comes to Malvern Theatre’s Forum Theatre on Friday, September 24, at 7.30pm.

For tickets, call the box office on 01684 892277 or go to the website here