There is to be a Live And Local performance at Holloway’s Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, on Thursday, February 13, starting at 7.30pm.
Following their highly successful tour of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, which appeared at Holloway in October 2012, Townsend Productions present We Shall Be Free, based on the true story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
Set in 1834, We Shall Be Free follows the extraordinary story of George and Betsy Loveless.
He was a Methodist minister and leader of the six Dorset farm labours who were tried, convicted and condemned to harsh transportation by an oppressive Government for having the temerity to swear a secret oath and form a secret union to fight against a succession of wage cuts inflicted by the local landowner.
This important story is told using the entertaining theatrical style developed through the production of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists; through Andy Vine’s powerful political cartoons and animation; through puppetry and the exquisite musical arrangements by revered folk singer and squeezebox player John Kirkpatrick, of the songs and rallying hymns of the Dorset labouring classes that resound down the years.
We Shall Be Free is a new play written by and starring Neil Gore, with Elizabeth Eves.
It is directed by Louise Townsend and Richard Stone with design by Fine Time Fontayne.
For tickets and details contact Dave Carless for more information on 01773 856545.