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DEPTFORD WIVES - A NEW MUSICAL

In Development

Deptford Wives tells the remarkable true story of Mary Lacy, the female shipwright. ​

In 1773, Mary Lacy, a poor girl from Kent facing a lifetime as a domestic servant,
ran away from home, disguised herself as a man, and joined the British Navy. 

She became an apprentice shipwright, but when her gender was revealed, she was expelled from the Navy, leaving her to find her identity as a woman in a man's world. 

Mary went on to become an architect and builder, building a row of houses now known as Deptford High Street, found time to write her memoirs and was the first woman to be granted a pension from the British Admiralty. 

This musical explores the passionate love affair between Mary and her soon-to-be ‘wife', Elizabeth Slade and how the impossible became possible.


The show has been orchestrated to include actor-muso elements, and is currently finalising rewrites ahead of its first professional production, with interest from Southwark Playhouse for venue. We are currently fundraising and seeking investors for this show. 

Original Book by Jennie Buckman 

Book & Lyrics by Nikki Racklin

Music by Anthony Kosky
Additional Music, lyrics & arrangements by Daniel Jarvis

Concept and Adaptation by Tania Azevedo