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At the heart of English folk

Rising Up

In 1819, the concept of freedom of speech, protest and democracy were tested when armed soldiers charged at peaceful protestors in what is now known as the Peterloo Massacre. Two centuries on, these principles are still under threat. This new commission tells the personal stories of two women linked across time and through experience as they struggle to rise up and find their voice.

Written by Sean Cooney (The Young’uns) and Debs Newbold (King Lear Retold, Through The Seasons) with music from Sam Carter (False Lights), Lucy Farrell (Furrow Collective) and Jim Molyneux (4Square).

The performance was held at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday, 24 October 2019.