We Will Be Free** (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, 16 August 2013)

Posted: August 17, 2013 in Theatre

Dredging into faint memories of school history lessons, the Tolpuddle Martyrs were 19th Century Dorset farm workers who were transported to serve prison sentences in Australia for forming affiliations with trades union. This show, written by Neil Gore and performed by him with Elizabeth Eves, dramatises the story, adding pleasing folk songs. It is obviously a production that has meagre resources, but it compensates for this with low humour that makes the show look even cheaper and more amateurish, a bit like a Christmas pantomime in a village hall. This is a pity, because, when it takes itself seriously, it is actually rather good.

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