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Posted: 27/03/14

Historical story of union action comes to Mansfield theatre

The harrowing tale of the Tolpuddle Martyrs is being brought to life on stage next week at Create Theatre, Mansfield.

We Will Be Free brings a hard hitting moment in history back to life

We Will Be Free comes to the stage on Saturday 5 April from 7.30pm courtesy of Townsend Productions – who brought The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist to Create last year.

It tells the true story of George and Betsy Loveless and the Dorset farm labourers who were convicted and transported by an oppressive government for swearing a secret oath and forming a Trade Union in 1834, to fight against a succession of wage cuts inflicted by the local landowner.

The inspirational story of their determination, solidarity and courage is told using Townsend Productions’ entertaining theatrical style, political cartoon, puppetry and the musical arrangements of folk singer and squeezebox player John Kirkpatrick.

Theatre co-ordinator Adam Pownall said: “If Townsend’s production last year – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist – is anything to go by, then the audience is set for a real treat. 

“They depict historical events with great attention to detail and with a keen theatrical eye.”

Tickets for the show cost £11, £9 for concessions, £5 for students and can be purchased by visiting www.createtheatre.co.uk or by calling 01623 413363.