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10 Mar 2024 - 10 Mar 2024

Ben Rushton and the Chartists Walk and Performance

Price: £5

Event description

Shepherd’s Rest pub to Basin Stones, Sunday March 10th at 11am.
Meet Shepherd’s Rest car park, Lumbutt’s Road, Todmorden. £5 (children free)

The Brutish Multitude Theatre Company presents Michael Crowley’s play Warp and Weft, which dramatises the events of 1842, showing at Halifax Playhouse from 21st to 23rd March.

Join us at Basin Stones to hear the actor who plays Ben Rushton deliver a rousing monologue from the play. This will be followed by a selection of Chartist anthems sung by Jennifer Reid. Along the route, Michael will take us through a brief history of the chartist movement.

Ben Rushton was a handloom weaver who lived in Ovenden, Halifax. He became a leading figure in the chartist movement in the 19th century and was known across the West Riding for his inspiring oration. Supporters of the Peoples’ Charter would often assemble at Basin Stones to hear him. It was here, in August 1842, that Rushton rallied forces during the general strike that engulfed the north.

This gentle ascent is roughly 30-40 mins; sturdy footwear is advisable. Parking on the road, east side of the pub.

Why not help us recreate this important historical event by dressing for the occasion in 1840s attire (optional)?

Event details

  • This event is at Sheperd’s Rest Pub
  • Tickets are £5
  • This event runs from 10 Mar 2024 - 10 Mar 2024.
  • brutishmultitude.org.uk/