The Peasants Revolt is set to come to Moot House

Entertainment / Fri 15th Sep 2023 at 02:20pm

DURING the hot summer of 1381, the land workers of England rose up in arms against the injustices of their times.

Economic exploitation, punitive taxation and constant warfare had pushed the working population beyond its limits.

Village after village joined the rising and the great march on London.

And Katherine Brewed tells the stories of four characters caught up in these tumultuous events: an ex-soldier; a village girl; a freed prisoner; and Katherine, our brewer.

It also shows the royal group around the boy-king Richard II, in meltdown and despair as the rising engulfs them.

Full of humour as well as historical insight and reflection, this is a must-see production coming to venues in London, Liverpool and Harlow in October.

Why ‘And Katherine Brewed’?

The working title for this project for several years has been When Eve Span. This was a generic reference to the medieval rhyming couplet that expressed opposition to class-based society.
​”When Adam delved and Eve span,
Who was then the gentleman?”

The couplet has been used for many publications and creative projects.

As we approach its first performances the title of the play has now changed to And Katherine Brewed. 
In the late medieval era brewing was one of the few trades a woman on her own could take up, and so achieve a degree of economic independence.

The Katherine of this play’s title is such a woman.

Katherine of Lakenheath is also the only women to be mentioned in the chronicles of the time, of the thousands of women that took part in the rising.
In And Katherine Brewed, Katherine, along with the other rebel characters in our story, gets caught up in the great events of the summer of 1381, when the poorest and most downtrodden rose up against their feudal lords.


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1 Comment for The Peasants Revolt is set to come to Moot House:

2023-09-16 16:31:30

Things don't change much then: "it's the rich that gets the pleasure and the poor that gets the pain!" If you can afford private healthcare, use of helicopter or private jet, private schools and you just happen to be a millionaire with a wife and family that's one of the richi est in the world then you don't have to join a waiting list of over 7 million for treatment or send your children to a school so badly built or that is made from RAAC so it's closed!

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