Monmouth community play on West Country tour

THE powerful and exciting community production of Monmouth: The West Country Rebellion, which had its premiere at Lyme Regis, starts an autumn tour on Wednesday 13th September with six dates in Dorset, Devon and Somerset.

The play, written by Lyme-based Andrew Rattenbury and directed by the Marine’s artistic director Clemmie Reynolds, begins its south west tour at the Regal Theatre, Minehead, followed by the Phoenix Arts Centre at Exeter on Thursday 14th and Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 15th.

It goes to the historic Shelley Theatre in Boscombe on Friday 29th September,  to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Sunday 8th October and the Beehive at Honiton on Saturday 11th November.

The play, which played to sell-out audiences and wide critical acclaim at the Marine, is an epic retelling of the doomed rebellion led by the Duke of Monmouth, bastard son of King Charles II, who sought to oust the unpopular Catholic monarch James II.

Monmouth landed at Lyme Regis on 11th June 1685 and sought to raise a Protestant army. Five weeks later, with an army that included many dissenting men and women from Dorset, Devon and Somerset, Monmouth prepared to fight the last ever pitched battle on English soil, on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater. Although a defeat for the courageous Duke and his patchwork forces, it was the first tentative step towards democracy in Britain.

The story is seen through the eyes of Alice, a fearless teenager, who joins the rebellion dressed as a boy. The 20-strong cast is made up of actors, singers and musicians from Lyme Regis and the surrounding area, and the production includes live original music and film projection.

See the FTR review in the Review section of the website.

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