The Write to Conscience – free event
Posted by claireatwakefieldlibraries
Wednesday 29 October 2014 at Wakefield Library, Wakefield One, 6pm to 7.30pm
As a lead in event to the performances of England, Arise! at the Mechanics Theatre, Wakefield, Mick Martin, writer of the play, along with actors from the production, will host an informal talk and practical session exploring the true story of the Socialist Conscience Objectors of West Yorkshire and the process of shaping historical events into a new stage play.
The play follows the stories of Arthur Gardiner and Percy Ellis, two friends involved in the socialist movement at the turn of the century who, in the face of WW1, were prepared to risk everything for their conscience.
Written by Bradford-based MICK MARTIN (‘George Orwell meets Nick Hornby, but with a plus…’ The Observer), ENGLAND, ARISE! is the story of a strong community of young people, in their early twenties and younger, and is therefore filled with the youthful vigour, humour and excitement of the prospect of a new world order. Their hunger for knowledge, ideas and political action is intertwined with the exciting cultural movement of the time.