A play by Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden

In 1760, Gainsborough painted a portrait of Ann Ford, which took his world by storm. Prepared to break the rules about how a woman should be portrayed, this painting was a cause of outrage but put a seal on Gainsborough’s growing reputation.

Ann was a talented musician, determined to become an independent woman in a world where this was not accepted. Her father had her arrested twice to prevent her but she succeeded and earned a substantial amount of money.

The play is about the making of this painting and the relationship between painter and subject, a very personal and exploratory process which reveals their place in history and the creation of a masterpiece.

Come to the play and enter the world of Gainsborough and this extraordinary young woman.


Fri 13th & Sat 14th May - 7.30pm
The Quay Theatre, Sudbury CO10 2AN
01787 374745 Book now via Ticketsolve

Tue 17th & Wed 18th May – 7.30pm
Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich IP4 2BE

Thu 19th May – 7.30pm
Harkstead Village Hall IP9 1DG
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Fri 20th May – 7.30pm
The Cut, Halesworth IP19 8BY
0300 303 3211

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd May – 6.00pm
Pimlott Foundation, Gt Horksley CO6 4EQ
01206 271291

Tue 24th May – 3.00pm
Constable Hall, East Bergholt CO7 6TP
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Wed 25th May – 7.30pm
Two Sisters Arts Centre, Trimley St Mary IP11 0SP
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Thu 26th May – 7.30pm
The Corn Hall, Diss IP22 4LB
01379 652241

Fri 27th May – 7.30pm
The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft NR33 0JH
01502 589726

Sat 28th May – 7.30pm
The Library, Woodbridge IP12 1DT
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Thomas Gainsborough, Ann Ford
(Later Mrs. Philip Thicknesse),
1760, oil on canvas.
© Cincinnati Art Museum,