New play about Tolpuddle Martyrs will get its premiere at Berkhamsted venue

Townsend Productions at The Espinosa Centre with their latest production of  We Will Be Free
Townsend Productions at The Espinosa Centre with their latest production of We Will Be Free

A new play about the Tolpuddle Martyrs will gets its premiere at Berkhamsted’s Espinosa Centre next month.

Locally-based theatre company Townsend Productions, who brought their sellout show of the classic left-leaning novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists to the venue last year, are now putting the finishing touches to We Will Be Free which will debut on Wednesday, April 2.

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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 tried, convicted and condemned to harsh transportation to Australia for having the temerity to swear a secret oath and form a union to fight against a succession of wage cuts inflicted by a local landowner.

The story is told using vibrant techniques including political cartoons and animation, puppetry and musical arrangements by folk singer and squeezebox player John Kirkpatrick.

Tickets to the moving show about love, exile and workers’ rights are £12 and £10, call 01442 818283 for more details.