23 Songs For A Madwoman

Critically acclaimed world premiere

23 Songs For A Madwoman


There’s no such things as society:

Madness, Margaret Thatcher and the cost of selfish capitalism.

Press play to explore the world of the Madwoman.

23 Songs For A Madwoman

James Wishart’s polemic music theatre piece explores a post-Thatcher Britain, reflecting on the descent of the self and society amidst the rise of neo-liberalism.

Wishart’s brilliant modernist score, which nods to Maxwell Davies’ Songs for a Mad King, is a blend of vocal extended technique, multiple characterisation, impersonation, operatic line and sprechgsang.

“Louise Ashcroft is utterly compelling in the title role.”

Dr Helen Thomas, University of Liverpool, Music Department

“Knocked sideways by Louise Ashcroft. Dazzling turn worth crossing the country for.”

James Murphy, Royal Philharmonic Society

“The extraordinary Louise Ashcroft.”

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra