MIKRON Theatre Company will be on their travels by land and wate, with Vashti Maclachlan's newly commissioned play Revolting Women from May 26 to October 13. Among the stops along the way, as always, will be Scarcroft Allotments in York on June 5.

Directed by Jonny Kelly, Maclachlan's educative drama marks the 100th anniversary of women in Britain being allowed to vote as she explores the Suffragette story, as seen through the eyes of Sylvia Pankhurst, the political activist and campaigner for women’s rights who fought for the vote alongside working women in London's East End..

Performed by Christopher Arkeston, Rosamund Hine, James McLean and Daisy Ann Fletcher, Revolting Women looks at why it took so insufferably long for women to get the vote?

Sylvia meets Lettie and together they push to Parliament to bend the ear of the Cabinet in a play "full of political satire, song and more suffrage societies than you can shake a stick at", wherein Maclachlan unravels a contentious and momentous movement in history.

Born in Manchester, Sylvia Pankhurst was the second daughter of Richard Pankhurst, a Manchester lawyer and social reformer, and his wife, Emmeline, who was – with her eldest daughter Christabel and Sylvia – to become a major figure in the women’s suffrage movement. In the early 1900s, Sylvia combined work for the Women’s Social and Political Union, founded in 1903 by Emmeline and Christabel, with training as an artist at the Royal College of Art in Kensington.

Sylvia was known for her suffrage militancy: she was imprisoned for the first of many times in 1906. In 1913, she founded the East London Federation of Suffragettes, and launched a newspaper, the Dreadnought. She later wrote The Suffragette Movement (1931), one of the first and most lucid accounts of the struggle for the vote.

"Revolting Women came out of my interest in Sylvia Pankhurst’s story but I discovered along the way a campaign full of militant deeds and words, yes, but also one full of friendship, wit and humour, ripe for representation on a Mikron stage," says Vashti, who also wrote Striking The Balance for Mikron.

Director Jonny Kelly adds: "Revolting Women is my first director credit for Mikron. I'm so looking forward to getting cracking with the lovely team and seeing the show change in every unique Mikron venue."

In their 47th year of touring, Marsden company Mikron will present Revolting Women alongside Get Well Soon, York playwright Ged Cooper's new play celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service.

No tickets are required for Mikron's 7pm performance on June 5 but a collection for the company will be taken afterwards. Audience members are advised to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic for this open-air show.