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Stamford Shoestring Theatre Company to present The Roses of Eyam by Don Taylor

Stamford Shoestring Theatre Company will present The Roses of Eyam by Don Taylor on Sunday, June 23, at 2pm, at Browne’s Hospital in Broad Street, Stamford.

A cast of 40 actors and musicians will tell the remarkable true story of a 17th Century Derbyshire village stricken with plague through the arrival of an infected box of clothing from London.

The villagers make a heroic decision, persuaded by the present and former Rectors, to prevent its spread by remaining within the village at the certain risk of their own lives.

Photo: SM240712-003ow.Stamford Meadows.. (2791456)
Photo: SM240712-003ow.Stamford Meadows.. (2791456)

As the plot unfolds, we experience the human tragedies and even comedies that ensue, and the idealism and the courage required to live within that idealism.

Live music is played throughout the production to set the scene and to create the authentic atmosphere of 17th Century England. Traditional English folk songs have been carefully chosen to fit with the action of the play.

There was a brilliant television adaptation of the play in the 1970s and since then there have been several successful large-scale professional and amateur productions. In 2010 “The Roses of Eyam” was chosen as the inaugural production for the new Louche Theatre in Aberystwyth, and in 2015 a promenade production, involving 52 villagers, was performed in Eyam village to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the actual happenings.

Earlier in June, the play wasperformed to audiences in Stamford and it returns as part of Stamford Festival.

For tickets, visit www.stamfordartscentre.com or call the box office on 01780 763203.

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