The Queen’s Mill are delighted to welcome the The Red Shed Players with their production of Peter Hirst’s ‘Peterloo – The Past Lives in the Present.’ 17th January http://bit.ly/35qU5KS The proceeds from the production will go to a local food bank.
At Peter’s Field, Manchester in August 1819 a peaceful demonstration for improved working conditions and democratic rights was met with cavalry charge and bloodshed. Eighteen people were killed and over four hundred injured.
The play is made up of two parts; part one, Peterloo, gives the background to the slaughter of weavers who were campaigning against poverty and for political rights. It is based on eyewitness reports and historic documents along with poems and songs of the period and features specially developed films by Dave Hanvey featuring artwork from Barnsley artist John Ledger. Part two, the Past Lives in the Present, is based in a modern day cafe and explores the question of how we respond to injustice in modern times.
The hard hitting yet entertaining play resonates not only with the past but with current divisive political climate.