To mark International Women’s Day 2022, Manchester Libraries and Read Manchester are delighted to launch a competition in partnership with The Lowry, celebrating the wonderful women of our city.

Up for grabs is a family ticket* to The Lowry’s new show Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World which – using the power of song – tells the stories of women who have changed the world! To get a sense for the show, you can watch the trailer.

Tableux photograph from the show depicting three actors mid-performance, wearing colourful clothes. Alongside the image is the show’s title ‘Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World’ and a quote from Musical Theatre Review which describes the show as ‘Inspired and inspiring’

Based on the book Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurst, this musical production is described as “an empowering new stage show which will be celebrated by anyone who is prepared to move and be moved, with characters and songs that pack a popstar punch!” (The Lowry)

If you think the show sounds amazing, make sure to enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning a family ticket – all you have to do is write to us with 100 words about the greatest woman you know, however you interpret this. Please celebrate with us by writing in about the women you admire!**

All competition entries should be sent to by 23rd March 2022. Please include your first name and a phone number with your entry. If you would like to see a copy of our competition terms and conditions before entering, you can email us to request these.

If you are a child entering the competition, check with a parent / carer that they are happy for you to do so and then enter from their email address. They will need to write their name and phone number with your entry too, so that we can speak to them about arranging the prize if you win!

Four actors from the show, mid-performance wearing striking black and neon costumes against a backdrop of neon lights.

If you’d like to read the book by Kate Pankhurst, you can pick it up from Manchester Libraries.

*The family ticket is for four or five people.

**Please be sensitive to privacy and do not share any names or stories without gaining permission to do so.

All production images supplied by Pamela Raith.