Salford Mums Put Down Their Aprons

In a moment of madness or perhaps midlife crisis, I signed up to be in a play with Salford based drama school Urban Stage. The play is about Salford women in World War 1. I’m definitely out of my comfort zone but enjoying it all the same. The show is on the Saturday 28th March and Sunday 29th March Tickets are just £6 and

Keep the home fires burning
Keep the home fires burning


available now via 0161 211 9955 or email

Here is more information about the play – eek it’s going to be here before I know it so I’d better get back to learning my lines!


A group of talented Salford mums and one dad have written and are set to perform a powerful performance about the lives of Salford women in World War One.

Entitled “Put Down Your Aprons” – a quote from suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, the performers, from Urban Stage theatre school in Swinton, have taken time out from their busy working lives to learn lines and really get to grips with what life would have been like as a land girl, a suffragette or even a munitions factory worker.

Salford mum of three and cast member Liz Thompson said: “I am incredibly proud of what we’ve all achieved and have thoroughly enjoyed writing and performing in this play.  I have learnt a great deal about just how much we have to be thankful to these brave men and women who secured our freedom and I hope that this performance is a fitting tribute to remember each and every one of them.”

Professional actress and joint principle of Urban Stage Helen Kay said: “Put Down Your Aprons” follows on from our senior student production of Commemorating War. Through the power of performance our adult students are paying homage to the people who kept the homefires burning.   We are incredibly proud of all the students who have also been working so hard to create an entertaining yet thought provoking performance for the public. It’s not an easy task juggling work, home and a production but they’ve all coped admirably”

The performance of “Put Down Your Aprons” will be shown at Worsley United Reformed Church, Worsley Road, Swinton on Saturday 28th March and Sunday 29th March at 7.00pm with tickets still available to the general public for just £6.00. After each performance their will be question and answer opportunity to find out how the Adult Drama Group came to write the play.

To book tickets or for more information about Urban Stage’s performance of “Put Down Your Aprons” please call 0161 211 9955 or email or visit


For press information please contact Ruth Douglass on or 0788 3013079

Notes to Editor:

Urban Stage which is based at Worsley Road United Reformed Church in Swinton offers students the opportunity to learn new skills and gain confidence through the performing arts. Students take part in activities such as drama, dance, singing, improvisation and drama games.

In addition they learn other essential skills such as mime, stage combat, character study, vocal technique and are given the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt in regular live performances. Working with like minded individuals in a theatrical environment is a fantastic way of breaking down barriers, gaining confidence, meeting new people and having a lot of fun in the process. At Urban Stage the emphasis is on performance, with all students having the opportunity to work with and learn from highly experienced and dedicated professional performers.

The Imelda Staunton Scholarship
The Imelda Staunton Scholarship pays for up to three terms of tuition at Urban Stage for four students and is being funded by Imelda, Helen & Simeon to assist with junior and senior fees. Please visit our website page – Patron.

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