THE true story of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath is coming to the Artrix in Bromsgrove as part of a month of performances championing women in celebration of International Women’s Day.

This groundbreaking folk opera Rouse, Ye Women! tells the true story of Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers of Cradely Heath and features original songs and music composed by revered folk musician John Kirkpatrick.

Women chainmakers in the Black Country in the 1900s started work at the forge as children and spent their entire lives making chains.

In the Autumn of 1910 hundreds of women chainmakers held a 10-week strike against their employers, led by Mary Macarthur.

Tickets for Rouse Ye Women!, on March 5 at 8pm are £12 per person (£10 for concessions) from or 01527 577330.