Nottingham: We Will Be Free - The Story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs

Tolpuddle play imageFollowing the hit sell-out production of THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS, Townsend Productions presents WE WILL BE FREE!, a new drama set in 1834 about the Tolpuddle Martyrs that 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 vitally important story is told using the entertaining theatrical style developed for The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, using live music, new and original songs with political cartoon, animation and puppetry. Again, this story resonates with modern relevance, raising questions about present day political issues through the experiences of the past.

Supported and organised by Notts TUC/Five Leaves bookshop/Nottingham People's Assembly

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