HerStory is a 30-minute opera film featuring the creative talents of 85 people living with Parkinsons from across the UK. The opera is inspired by the extraordinary exploits of historical Suffolk heroine, Margaret Catchpole (1762-1819), who achieved notoriety when she stole a horse and rode it from Ipswich to London in 1797. Written by Suffolk-born composer Amy Mallett, the piece incorporates music, libretto, choreography and visual art co-created with members of the Parkinson’s community.

  • Amy Mallett
    Artistic Director and Composer
  • John Fensom
  • Nicola Wydenbach
    Musical Director
  • Sarah Lewis
    Movement Director
  • Philippa Storey
  • Richie Bingham
    Audio Engineering
  • Emma Bernard
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short
  • Genres:
    Music, Opera, Historical, Community, Disabled, Musical, Dance
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 5, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    33,725 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HD 1080p
  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography

Amy Mallett is a British composer and theatre-maker creating work inspired by contemporary and historical stories. Her artistic practice involves collaborating with professional and community practitioners across a variety of art forms to create inclusive and multidimensional performance works.

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Director Statement

This film was made (in the words of our cast) "to show the world what people with Parkinson's can do".