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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fight injustice with the Tolpuddle Martyrs at The Met

Townsend Productions come to The Met on Tuesday 11 February at 7.30pm with brand new play about the Tolpuddle Martyrs, We Will Be Free!

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Set in 1834, We Will be Free is the true story of George Loveless, the leader of six Dorset farm labourers who were unfairly sentenced to transportation to Australia for forming a union to fight against a succession of wage cuts, and his wife Betsy, who fights to bring them home and participates in the beginnings of the fledgling Labour movement.

 

Their story is brought to life using a mix of live action, puppetry and political cartoon, with musical arrangements of the songs of the Dorset labouring classes from folk artist John Kirkpatrick.

 

Created by Townsend Productions, who presented a sell-out performance of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists at The Met in 2012, the play has the backing of unions; ACCORD, NASUWT, UNITE, SWTUC and SW Unison.

 

Tickets to see We Will Be Free are £10 or £8 for concessions. For more information or to book tickets phone 0161 761 2216 or go online at www.themet.biz.