Sat 01 Feb

MusicWretches: Revolutions, Rights & Wrongs

WRETCHES: Revolutions, Rights & Wrongs - from the early days of women’s suffrage to the present. A unique, original musical work commemorating 100 years since women in Belfast gained the right to vote, featuring choir, string quartet, poetry & more.

For Soprano, Poet, Chamber Choir, String Quartet, Piano and Tape

In Three Movements:

Movement I – GREEN
Movement II – WHITE
Movement III - PURPLE


Arco String Quartet with chamber choir at Portico 2020

Soprano – Megan Mooney
Poet – Maria McManus
String Quartet - Arco String Quartet 
Piano – Jane Knowles
Chamber Choir
Conductor - Keith Acheson

Words by Maria McManus

Maria McManus (Poet) is the author of Available Light (Arlen House, 2018), We are Bone (2013)The Cello Suites(2009) and Reading the Dog (2006) (Lagan Press). She has collaborated extensively with others producing performance pieces for choir (18, with composer Keith Acheson) dance (TURF and DUST with Eileen McClory) and multi-art form collaborations such as Splendid. Liberal. Lofty. with composer Simon Waters and artist Helen Sharp.   She is Artistic Director and curator of Poetry Jukebox, an on-street audio installation of contemporary poetry.

Music by Keith Acheson

Keith Acheson (Composer)was awarded a PhD in Composition from the Ulster University in 2002 studying under Dr David Morris. He has also studied with the late James Wilson, Martijn Padding, Kalevi Aho and Ake Pamerud. Along with many pieces for choir, he has had work performed by the Ulster Orchestra, Gemini Ensemble, Arco String Quartet, HuuJ Ensemble, Philippa Davies, Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Brian Keenan. He is currently the Choirmaster and Conductor of the Sing For Life, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT), Crescendo and the Cancer Fund For Children’s ‘Care Free’ choirs and the BHSCT Staff Orchestra, and works as an arts facilitator for Arts Care.

Incredible performance tonight #18Belfastsuffrage at @CrumlinRoadGaol Congratulations @maria_mcmanus @Keith_Acheson #belfastchoirs #ArcoStringQuartet and all!

Brigid O Neill

Still thinking of this amazing show at the weekend... Belfast composer Keith Acheson’s new work about #suffragettes in Belfast 100 yrs ago. Words by poet @maria_mcmanus create a memory space in their honour #music #inspiring

Christine O Toole

Quotidian – Word on the Street Limited project supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland through National Lottery Funds.

This performance is supported by the Arts Service of Ards and North Down Borough Council.


Event Details

Sat 01 Feb
19:30 to 21:30

£12 inc. ticketing fee


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • The Cuan
  • Slip Inn
  • Portaferry Hotel
  • The Slip Inn
  • The Lep

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.