In partnership with: Norwich Arts Centre, Stage Two Theatre Royal Norwich, The Common Lot, Charlie Caine
Supported by: Arts Council England and Norfolk County Council
Written with: Karl Minns and Mags Chalcraft
An adaption of the large-scale community production that I wrote and directed with The Common Lot for a tour of Norwich’s open spaces in July 2016. The show was a big success and enjoyed by over 3000 people. This led to a grant from Arts Council England to develop the show into a touring production that can reach out to rural audiences.
Five actors arrive, unpack and introduce themselves. They tell the story through a blend of pathos, comedy and song in a style that we have dubbed “Panto-documentary” , with plenty of opportunities for the audience to get involved.
In each place we visited we enlisted the support of local people to help us sing the songs, which we were taught in free community workshops before the show arrived in town.
It’s 1549 and people find themselves struggling, starving and destitute as the land that they held in common and supported their livelihoods is being enclosed by rich landowners for profit. For years ordinary working people have been increasingly exploited for the private gain of a privileged ruling class that pay little heed to their calls for equality and social justice. Sound familiar
Kett’s Rebellion is one of the most significant events in Norfolk’s history. Led by Wymondham man Robert Kett, a huge number of men and women from across Norfolk marched on the Norwich to make their case. They set up camp on Mousehold Heath, took control of the city and called for the king himself to hear their plight.
1549 tells the story of what happened to them over six weeks of summer; from the establishment of their own system of fair representation and justice to their brutal repression by a hired army.
- Norwich Arts Centre 14th and 15th May
- Aylsham Town Hall 17th May
- Wymondham Fairland Hall 18th May
- Tasburgh Village Hall 19th May
What a fabulous night. Really beautifully and simply crafted with a fantastic ensemble cast. Funny, informative , touching , and above all wonderfully performed. Congratulations – you should be very proud!