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New play recounts ‘petticoat rule’ in the UK’s first female-majority council

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Frankie Meredith’s Petticoat Council – to be performed as part of Coventry’s city of culture celebrations – celebrates women’s pioneering achievements in Bishop’s Itchington In an unassuming village in Warwickshire after the second world war, a group of six women were quietly making history. As part of the first female-majority parish council in the UK, they transformed Bishop’s Itchington into a thriving community and broke down barriers for women in local politics despite opposition from the men on the council. “I got really tearful when I was reading through the minutes from the meetings, because there’s just pages and pages of these women getting stuff done,” said playwright Frankie Meredith, who trawled through archives to bring the story to life on stage for the first time in her folk musical Petticoat Council.
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