Firestarter: John Ball and the Great Revolt

Firestarter: John Ball and the Great Revolt

6th July 2018

A collaboration between live-looping Medieval minstrel Lizzie Gutteridge and story teller Clare Goodall. Music from the 14th century provides the backdrop to the tale of the Great Revolt and radical preacher John Ball. Born near Colchester (maybe?), Ball preached in English (shocking!) and claimed that everyone was created equal (scandalous!!). He was excommunicated and would have languished in jail had he not been released by the Rebels as they took London, burnt the Savoy, and went on to parley with the King. The future hung in the balance...

Lizzie took up playing shawm as a part of the historical re-enactment movement to re-form Waits bands throughout the country, then decided to pursue it further and make it her main occupation. Since 2007 Lizzie has studied with some of the country’s leading Renaissance wind players at Cambridge and Dartington summer schools and at Guildhall. She plays a wide range of other historical instruments, including bagpipes, recorders, curtals and fiddles. Lizzie now performs up and down the country, in and out of historical costume, as a member of Blondel and The York Waits. Freelance engagements have included the Globe's “Nell Gwynn”, both on tour and in the West End, “The Knight of the Burning Pestle” at the Wanamaker Theatre, performances in Morocco and London with Passamezzo, and large scale events at Hampton Court and the Tower of London. She is a trustee of the International Guild of Town Pipers.

Clare Goodall is an enthusiastic teller of tales. She's always on the hunt for new tales and enjoys investigating history, music and myths and incorporating it into her storytelling and talks. In and out out of costume, with shawms to dulcimers, in pubs, castles and fields she tells tales from the Renaissance, through the Medieval into Anglo-Saxon, back to Greek and Roman. She's even managed to adapt 'The Iliad' into 55 minutes of love, action & destiny.

Tickets £8 / £7 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm.
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