Due to the current closure of the Theatre, this event will not be going ahead on this date.
We are currently in the process of rescheduling as many shows as possible. Ticket holders will be contacted when a new date is confirmed.
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Tolpudlde Martyrs: Wimborne History Festival
This original production portrays the renowned story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs from a new viewpoint, shedding more light on the consequences of their actions and their experiences of working conditions in other lands.
We find George Loveless and old man now, reminiscing about his life from his house in London, Ontario. He talks about;
• Life as a methodist preacher and involvement with the new trade union
• The conditions of the agricultural workers
• How he came to be involved and the fateful night they took the ‘secret oath’
• The unfairness of the trial and sentence
• The trip to the ships and the illness that separated him from his friends
• Hope that a new land would bring new opportunities
• Life in Tasmania, a farm slave to the Lieutenant Governor, a sadist who hung hundreds of convicts and conducted a bloody war with the aborigines
• Starting afresh on farms in Essex, then travelling to another ‘land of opportunity’, Canada.
He is joined by Lt Colonel James Frampton, who gives the tale another perspective, that of the land owner who feared unrest and objected to the new unions, one who thought the trial fair and the deportation appropriate…