Gripping new play is performed on stage

On the Road to Freedom
On the Road to Freedom

A playwright from Leighton Buzzard will see his work performed at the town’s theatre.

There will be more than 60 people from Bedfordshire for the play called On The Road to Freedom and can be seen from Friday July 17 to Saturday July 18.

It will feature professional actors, musicians and members of the local community who have joined together to stage a production of song, theatre, poetry and spoken word that centres around the recent discovery of the National Chartist Hymn Book.

The performances will be the first time some of the powerful hymns will have been sung in over 170 years.

On The Road To Freedom is presented by Townsend Productions in association with Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, House and The Arts Council.

Playwright Neil Gore said: “On The Road To Freedom sits well with the type of work that Townsend Productions do best – tackling aspects of our social history and aiming to draw parallels with present society.

“The recently discovered National Chartist Hymn Book is the centrepiece of the event, and the choir and performers will sing many of the hymns for the first time in over a century and a half.

“But the performance will also include singing, drama, live music, recitation, dance, debate, audience.

“It’s an ideal community, multi-participatory event.

Tickets are priced from £10 (£5 for children under 16) and can be purchased at the box office on 0300 300 8125.