Friday 11th July 8.00 pm Red Friday Peterloo – a Commemoration in Words and Song.
August 1819 in Manchester; soldiers on the rampage as 60,000 protesters gather on St Peter’s Field. Few events in the struggle for democracy and liberty resonate as loudly as this. Martin Gittens and the Free Radicals tell the story in music and words. Martin is closely involved in organising a bi-centennial event in 2019 when marches from across Greater Manchester will converge in the city centre.
PETERLOO - A COMMEMORATION IN WORD AND SONG
On a sunny Monday in August 1819 a mass of humanity 60,000 strong met in a peaceful protest on Peter's Fields in Manchester.
The Manchester Magistrates, unwilling to believe the peaceful intention of this vast crowd ordered the Yeoman Cavalry to disperse the gathering, the result became known as 'The Peterloo Massacre'
This musical presentation traces the stories of those involved, the weavers, the Magistrates and the soldiers and the soldiers themselves from the
growing unrest caused by the infamous Corn Laws to the aftermath, the retribution and the self-recrimination that followed.
THE FREE RADICALS?
Geoff Higginbottom is a full time professional musician and musical agent with a vast range of experience working throughout the country both as a solo artist and in collaboration with a number of other musicians. He also undertakes television work as an extra on a regular basis.
Bob Ashworth has spent a lifetime as an amateur musician and actor working in folk clubs, local theatres, youth groups and schools. He is a prolific writer of songs, poetry and other forms of literature.
During Martin Gittins own education and 27 years in teaching he was involved and worked with colleagues on many musical productions at primary and secondary levels and also ran 2 long standing folk clubs in Greater Manchester.