LEIGHTON BUZZARD LIBRARY THEATRE
FRIDAY 17 JULY AT 7.30pm and SATURDAY 18 JULY AT 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.00(adults)/£5.00(under 16)
Box Office Tel: 0300 300 8125
“Let LIBERTY, EQUALITY, and FRATERNITY be your motto;
And the CHARTER and NO SURRENDER be your rallying cry!
Give to your Friends in the Country an opportunity of joining you in the struggle for FREEDOM!”
ASSEMBLE! ASSEMBLE! ASSEMBLE!
All men are equal in His sight.
The bond, the free, the black, the white.
He made them all – and freedom gave –
He made the man – Man made the Slave!
The local community of Leighton Buzzard and professional artists from Townsend Productions have joined forces with the Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre to present a varied entertainment of spirited singing, theatre, music and recitation with lively dance, and plenty of tea and cakes in a promenade performance to celebrate the achievements of the Chartists.
Chartism was the greatest single working-class movement for political change in the mid-nineteenth century, born of anger against social inequality and economic misery. It was also culturally unique: many Chartists, as a rule artisans without a formal education, were prolific writers of passionate poetry and song, and their speeches full of powerful fervour.They held ‘tea parties’ to celebrate important events which would involve a variety of entertainment from singing, recitation, speeches and toasts. The centrepiece and inspiration behind the performances is the recently discovered National Chartist Hymn Book, and the choir and performers sing many of the hymns for
the first time in over a century and a half.
The performances will feature special guest speakers, Dr. Mike Sanders (history lecturer at Manchester University) and Doug Nicholls (Gen Sec of GFTU), along with performances from the Wing Community Choir, Adventures in Theatre, Scottish Royal Ballet principal dancer Tomomi Sato, with the songs and arrangements of folk-singer John Kirkpatrick, and a professional and community cast of local actors and musicians joining together to acknowledge and treasure the great achievements of truly inspirational people.
Townsend Productions are a national touring theatre company: “…tremendous…” – The Times
“A company making a name for delivering vivid, political theatre” – The Observer
For more information visit www.townsendproductions.org.uk