Dare Devil Rides to Jarama is a new play from Townsend productions (the ones who made We will be Free, the wonderful play about the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists).
The play tells the amazing story of Wall of Death motorcycle rider Clem “Dare Devil” Beckett and Marxist writer and poet Christopher Caudwell, at first sight two unlikely friends and comrades, who were thrown together by their shared determination to defend the Spanish republic against Franco’s rising fascist tide.
Both were volunteers for the International Brigade. Both would die in February 1937 at the machine-gun post they shared on the first day of the momentous Battle of Jarama.
The national tour is sponsored by the International Brigade Memorial Trust. Tour dates in the South West:
3 Nov: The Plough Arts Centre, Gt Torrington (Box office: 01805624624 www.theploughartscentre.org.uk)
4 Nov: Dorchester Arts Centre (Box office: 01305 266926; www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
5 Nov: Bridport Arts Centre (Box office: www.bridport-arts.com; 01308 424204 
For further information, see http://www.townsendproductions.org.uk/
Review in the Morning Star:

Not Such A Tory Land

Riversmeet Productions


Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. Friday 28 October.



 Between 1642 and 1649 England was on the brink of revolution. Profound questions about society  and politics were asked, and answered in one way or another. What was the nature of democracy,  and how far into society should it extend? How should we respond to treachery and betrayal, liars  and tyrants? 

 As this revolution moved forward, ordinary women and men were swept into  Becoming giants and heroes.

 Defeat buried this history under layers of distortion and deliberate concealment. The revolution  became a civil war. The years of republican rule became an interregnum - the empty space  between kings. The names of the people who argued and fought for freedom of speech, a free  press, the right to assembly and access to common land were written out of the history books. 

 This play revives some of the history of those years and suggests that there might, just, be some  parallels and lessons for today.

 And there's a raffle with a very special prize!!

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 Attend or be condemned to repeat the past (on good authority).