NEWS: Scratchworks Theatre Company & Barbican Theatre present new show WOMANS (like Romans but with a ‘W’)

 Award-winning Scratchworks return to Plymouth to take on the Romans and the Patriarchy


After touring nationally with their award-winning show, Great Train Robbery, critically acclaimed Scratchworks Theatre Company return to Plymouth with their fast, fun and fierce family show, WOMANS.


It’s 46BC, Ancient Rome.  Our hero, Leta has been declared a traitor by the Roman Senate.  She is given a punishment worse than death – ‘Damnatio Memoriae’ – to be erased from history.  Whilst noble Gladiators and infamous Emperors around her are becoming legends, her name will be scratched out and forgotten forever.  But with the help from some mischievous Muses, she decides to rebel against the Republic.  

Join Leta’s determined journey to reclaim her place in the history books, from crashing the Colosseum to bargaining with Brutus, she will go to the ends of the empire to make her mark.

WOMANS is a feast for the eyes and ears, packed full of physical comedy, clowning and original music. Coinciding with the centenary of the first votes for women in the UK, Scratchworks tells the raucous tale of the first female resistance.

“One of the South West’s most exciting and inventive emerging theatre companies.”

Dan Baker, Creative Producer at Barbican Theatre Plymouth

Scratchworks is an all-female theatre ensemble from Devon. Using diverse theatrical styles, the company creates original stories with their unique blend of live music, dynamic movement and theatrical trickery. 

Accolade for Great Train Robbery:

“Inventive and intelligent physical theatre… a raucous manipulation of the 20th century’s greatest heist”  ★★★★ Theatre Bubble

“Genuinely funny… an engaging performance” ★★★★ The Peg

“The show was a marvel to behold” Plymouth Herald

“Just raw talent… a totally captivating show” Beaford Arts

Scratchworks Theatre Company was founded in Exeter in 2013 and has enjoyed sell-out shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, VAULT Festival London, Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre and Bristol’s Wardrobe Theatre, gathering a loyal following throughout the South West and beyond. Scratchworks was awarded VAULT’s ‘Festival Spirit Award’ 2017 and NSDF’s ‘Best Overall Body of Creative Work’ at Edinburgh Fringe 2013.

WOMANS was developed with support from Beaford Arts and Arts Council England.

The work in progress performances of WOMANS are at Barbican Theatre on Saturday 23 May 2018 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are £9 full, £7 concessions (inclusive of all booking fees) Book WOMAN tickets here 

All photography – Matt Austin