The Red Shed Players 

Peterloo - The Past Lives in the Present

Wednesday, 10 July, 2019
The Walker Studio
Peterloo - The Past Lives in the Present


A weaver who fought at Waterloo for The Duke of Wellington returned to find his wages had been cut from 21 shillings to 12 shillings a week. Working families were starving due to a political elite which placed profit above people. Parliament voted Wellington a £400,000 thank you for defeating Napoleon.

In August 1819 at Peter’s Field, Manchester, a peaceful demonstration calling for improved working conditions and democratic rights was met with a cavalry charge and cold steel: eighteen people were killed, between four and six hundred were injured.

Part one, Peterloo, is a dramatic presentation based on eyewitness reports, historic documents, poems and songs of the time. The performance includes short films by Dave Hanvey featuring the artwork of Barnsley artist John Ledger and original music.

Part two, The Past Lives in the Present, is set in a present day cafe where trouble is brewing along with the tea.

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