The true story of the Luddites is to be told through hip-hop at The Civic
A wild, rebellious live music gig that tells the story about one of England’s greatest forgotten revolutionaries is coming to Barnsley.
Jack Dean, the critically-acclaimed rap storyteller behind Grandad and the Machine and Horace and the Yeti is bringing his new show to The Civic in Barnsley
‘Impressive poetic, musical and narrative skills… undoubtedly a performer with an exciting career ahead of him’ Exeunt
Telling the incredible true story of the much misunderstood Luddite rebellion – a movement that spanned the whole 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. 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 design is projected onto the stage, alongside creative captioning to help both d/Deaf and hearing audiences access the show’s fast pace delivery of a lyrical 13,000 words.
Speaking about Jeremiah, Jack Dean said “When I started researching the Luddite Rebellion and the Pentrich Rising, I couldn’t believe that such a tumultuous moment in British history goes relatively un-talked-about. Here was a time when a government was fighting a wholesale revolt against capitalism itself, deploying battalions of troops and a small army of spies and informers to quash it. We tend to think of the constitutional and political structure of England as something very solid (at least until recently), but here was a time when an enormous field of ideas of how we might live together were being considered, and many were ready to take enormous personal risks to try and make them reality. The medium of hip-hop for the music of the show came more naturally than might be thought - these revolts and revolutions were built on a bedrock of contemporary folk song, so a modern retelling sits perfectly within the folk music of the modern age."
Tickets are £12 | £10 conc | £8 child
Suitable for ages 14+