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'We Will Be Free' at Alstonefield Village Hall

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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A NEW play about the Tolpuddle martyrs is to premiere at Alstonefield Village Hall.

Following their sold-out national tour and critically acclaimed run of their last production The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Townsend Productions are set to premiere their latest production We Will Be Free, a new drama set around the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, on Saturday, February 15. Set in 1834 We Will Be Free follows the extraordinary true story of George and Betsy Loveless. He was a Methodist preacher and the leader of the six Dorsetshire farm labourers 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 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 our 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 squeeze-box player, John Kirkpatrick, of the songs and rallying hymns of the Dorset labouring classes that resound down the years. We Will Be Free's cast features Neil Gore (Song of Singapore, West End & Chichester Festival Theatre, Little Britain Live & The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists) and Elizabeth Eves (Twelfth Night, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton). The production is directed by Louise Townsend and Richard Stone, with the creative team including designs by Fine Time Fontayne and lighting by Brian O'Carroll.

Tickets for We Will Be Free are £9 for adults and £6 for under 14s, from the Alstonefield Village Hall's Box Office on 01335 310322 or online from hopedalemusic@btinternet.com

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Visit www.townsendproductions.co.uk or www.alstonefield.org/community/alstonefield-events/

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