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The Captain Swing Riots Bicentenary Commemoration

22 June 2024 at 18:30:00

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CAPTAIN SWING’s MESSAGE TO MICHELDEVER


A unique opportunity to be part of a professional performance of

J. R. ACKERLEY’s long poem ‘MICHELDEVER’

dedicated to Henry Cook, the youngest SWING RIOTER executed in Winchester Gaol in 1831, and produced on the site of his monument and his burial.


PLUS a select range of writings from from Lord Byron, John Keats, John Clare, William Cobbett and the exceptional Hannah More (author of ‘The Riot’) who were contemporaries in the Captain Swing era.


Featuring Samuel Collings from the Emmy Award-winning drama King Zedekiah, the BBC, and Shakespeare’s Globe and Nigel Brashaw who played lead roles in the West End before he was 21 and has directed, produced and acted on three continents. 


Also participating Professor Bill Lucas and Professor Christopher Mulvey from the ENGLISH PROJECT.


LEGACY OF A LEGEND

The SWING RIOTS of Autumn 1830 devastated Hampshire. Arsing out of a decade of agricultural impoverishment they involved thousands of people across more than 70 Hampshire villages including notably the Dever Valley. Put down with severity by the Duke of Wellington, the Lord Lieutenant, the riots left a powerful legacy of memory, journalism and poetry. Most notable in modern times is the poem Micheldever written in 1940 by J.R.Ackerley, then the editor of The Listener and inspired by 19 year of Henry Cook. This is an outstanding opportunity to hear this poem performed in situ.

This performance is associated with

THE CAPTAIN SWING RIOTS BICENTENARY COMMEMORATION


Tickets price £14 (including an interval drink) are available through

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/captain-swings-message-to-micheldever-tickets-887652832517?aff=oddtdtcreator


7.30 -9.00 Saturday 22 June, St. Mary the Virgin, Micheldever SO21 3DA

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