Human rights tale is a real labour of love at Berkhamsted’s Espinosa Centre

Betsy Loveless in We Will Be Free PNL-140319-102529001
Betsy Loveless in We Will Be Free PNL-140319-102529001

A piece of history will be played out on stage in Berkhamsted, in a true love story entwined with the tale of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, the curtain goes up on We Will Be Free on April 2 at Berkhamsted’s Espinosa Centre.

The play follows the life of George and Betsy Loveless and the struggle of six farm labourers who stood up for their beliefs in the sleepy village of Tolpuddle.

Methodist preacher George leads the gutsy group who had the temerity to form a union and stand up to a greedy landowner after he enforced a series of wage cuts.

They’re tried, convicted and carted off Down Under for their trouble. After a successful political march and a petition with 800,000 signatures, they were finally freed in 1836.

Their story is conveyed through powerful political cartoons, animation, puppetry and music from highly-acclaimed folk singer and squeezebox player John Kirkpatrick.

The show was also nominated for the Stage Awards of Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Tickets cost £12, call the box office on 01442 818283 to reserve yours.