WHAT WE DO & WHY WE DO IT
New Plays for 2019
2019 - What’s it all about for us?
In 2018 TWT had the great honour of performing in Parliament for the second time. The first time (ten years ago) it was our Suffragette play "Deeds not Words", this time it was a monologue on a Suffragette who deserves greater recognition - Princess Sophia Duleep Singh - as part of an ongoing project for the Essex Cultural Diversity Project. This was our second collaboration with the ECDP as we performed a promenade theatre piece in Thetford as part of the Festival of the Punjab about the Duleep Singh family. We hope that this is the start of a continuing association with the ECDP which may, one day soon, take us to the birthplace of the last Maharajah of the Punjab.
We are also working with Wakefield Council on a project celebrating the first use of the secret ballot in 1872 in a by-election in Pontefract. This really is meat and drink to us! A fascinating story of political intrigue, carpentry and prostitution prevention. It will be performed on Yorkshire Day, August,1st in Pontefract Town Square, come along and cast your vote.
2019 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of Girton College, Cambridge. We will be telling the story of this bastion of female (and now male) education in a play with songs, poems and speeches from the many famous figures who have passed through its hallowed portals. We will also be trying to recreate some of the social activities of the college with a Tea Dance and an opportunity to learn how to be a useful member of the Girton College Fire Brigade.
The theme that seems to be emerging as one of our central ones this year is Myths and Legends. So expect to see our play on the true story of St. George at Lincoln Castle! We also have our plays about St. Hilda, Merlin, King Arthur and Robin Hood in repetoire. Watch this space!
Two projects on a literary theme have been commissioned by English Heritage looking at the writers who have visited their sites or been influenced by them over the centuries. So at Whitby Abbey we will present writers who took their inspiration from the north and at St. Augustines, Canterbury writers who took inspiration from the south east. In each case our visitors will find themselves in the presence of a famous writer seeking inspiration. Perhaps you may be able to help them with some fresh ideas or just enjoy discovering how and why they wrote their most famous works.
Continuing the literary theme, Lincoln Castle have a pre-first edition of "Alice in Wonderland” (which appears to have been a gift to Tennyson) in the Magna Carta vault and we will be providing a Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddle as part of a children's trail. We will also be telling the story of how this most beloved of children's stories came to be written and how it's popularity continues to this day./p>
Over the summer our prison characters are returning to the Victorian prison at the Lincoln Castle, so an opportunity to meet the two striking characters above.
The performance dates are on our diary page.