The Levellers are back in Putney Church
The Putney Debates, 5pm Saturday 3 July 2010, St Mary’s Church, Putney, London. The cast of Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, by Caryl Churchill, reenact the Putney Debates in their original setting. With an introduction explaining their historical importance by John Rees and followed by a Q&A with director and cast. Entrance is free.
More than 360 years after the great debate about the settlement of the English Revolution between the Cromwell and the Levellers took place in Putney Church the whole event is to be restaged in the original location on Saturday 3rd July.
The cast of Caryl Churchill’s play about the revolution, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
, are staging the sections of the play that depict the Putney Debates ahead of the play opening at the Arcola Theatre in Hackney on 14th July.
The performance will be preceded by a introduction to the debates by John Rees and there will be a Question and Answer session after the performance.
St Mary’s Church in Putney is the original site of the the Putney Debates in 1647 at the height of the English revolution and has a permanent exhibition dedicated to the events that took place there.
The Debates were one of the most dramatic moments in the English Revolution, pitting the Levellers and the Agitators, the elected delegates from the regiments of the New Model Army, against the Grandees, as Cromwell and his supporters were called.
It was in these debates that Colonel Thomas Rainsborough, the most senior officer to support the Levellers, uttered his plea for democracy that has echoed down the years: ‘For really I think that the poorest he that is in England has a life to live as the greatest he; therefore truly sir, I think it is clear, that any man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under it.’
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the |Arcola Theatre, Hackney,
14th July – 7th August 2010
Starting time: 8pm
Matinees 3pm 31 July & 7 August
There will be a special Gala Night at the
Arcola Theatre, 21 July 2010, 7pm for 7.30pm
With Tony Benn, Billy Bragg, Kate Mosse and Geoffrey Robertson
Includes the show at the Arcola Theatre followed by a reception of food, drink, opinions and music.
Tickets are £48 with all proceeds go directly towards securing the production.
To book your gala ticket or to make a donation towards the production, please ring 020 7503 1646
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
After years of bloody conflict, an exhausted England is in the hands of radical extremists. Consumed by a burning religious passion, Parliament’s soldiers decide to kill the king. Theirs is a war to establish heaven on earth.
This is the story of the most terrifying decade in our history. Desperate to make sense of the horror surrounding them, a group of ordinary men and women cling to the belief that they will be shown a glimpse of an unspeakable, transcendent glory.
Written by Caryl Churchill Director Polly Findlay
Designer Hannah Clark
Lighting Designer Matthew Pitman
Sound Designer Gareth Fry
Casting Juliet Horsley
Cast Philip Arditti, Jamie Ballard, Christopher Harper, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Helena Lymbery, Michelle Terry
14 Jul – 7 Aug 2010 8pm
31 Jul & 7 Aug 3pm & 8pm
£16 (£10 concessions)
020 7503 1646 | www.arcolatheatre.co.uk