Date: Wednesday, Sep 11 2019 - Thursday, Sep 12 2019
Venue: The Wardrobe Theatre

The story of England’s much-misunderstood Luddite rebellion, brought to life through live music and performance.

Acclaimed rap storyteller Jack Dean tells the incredible true story of a movement that spanned the North of England, had more British soldiers fighting it than Napoleon, and made the destruction of machinery a capital offence.

The story will be told through the lens of the life of Brandreth, the instigator of the Luddites’ final act, the Pentrich Rising, and the last man to be beheaded in the history of Britain.

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Weaving alongside this story is the parallel tale of William J. Oliver, the government spy that betrayed him.

This little remembered story is brought to life as a live music gig performed by Jack Dean and a three-piece band. A cellist, violinist and guitarist work with loop pedals to create an original score that mixes hip-hop, shoe gaze and cinematic composition styles, while Jack Dean delivers an epic true tale exploring lots of characters, all contained within rap verse metre.

A vivid AV design is projected onto the stage, alongside creative captioning to help both d/Deaf and hearing audiences access the show’s fast-paced delivery of a lyrical 13,000 words.

Sept 11-12, 7.30pm, £10. For more info, visit

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By steve wright, Thursday, Aug 8 2019

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