04. May 2012 · Comments Off on Burning Bright – The Trial of William Blake (a new play by John Ashworth) · Categories: Society News

Tuesday, May 8th — 6:30 p.m.

Interchange, Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill,
London NW3 4QP (Belsize Park Tube)

A rehearsed reading of a new play by John Ashworth performed by
professional actors from Equity and the North West London Equity
branch. Directed by Catherine Arden.

England 1800 – a dangerous and uncertain time. The colonies of
the New World in America are fighting against the British crown
for independence and Napoleon is advancing across Europe with
England in his sights. Fear, mistrust and suspicion lurk in every
corner of the land.

The plot centrepieces are William’s relationship with his wife
Catherine; his desire to write an epic of England struggling against
inhumanity and war; imagination in conflict with repression;
Blake’s trial for sedition; and the determination and vision to live,
love, and work in a new way.

The play is in two acts with a 20 minute interval between.
Tickets £5 (Blake Society members free of charge).

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