A dramatic poem performed at The Playground Theatre at 6 p.m. on Saturday 16 June 2018
On 12 June 2016 William Alderson started a poem about the current times in the manner of Shelley’s Masque of Anarchy. Two days later the Grenfell Tower caught fire, and that disaster became the pivotal image for May Days, as the Peterloo massacre had been for Shelley.
a “magnificent long poem” where “the reader is swept along by its controlled passion. It is a remarkable stimulus to appreciate the great possibilities in this kind of writing, of which so little is produced today.”
This rehearsed reading, directed by the innovative director Simone Vause, was performed by five actors, including:
Lynx Theatre and Poetry commissioned the production to mark the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire and to raise funds for the victims, since, as the poem predicted, “the promises break and we are betrayed”, and many families have still not been properly re-housed.
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