“This is theatre but not quite as you know it. Forget sitting silently in the dark – Gunpowder Plot audiences will get a chance to reveal secret messages by candle light, and learn how to make invisible ink as the plots unfold around them. As usual we have tried to make history fun and accessible to all the family without over simplifying it and I hope that comes across”
Taresh Solanki, Artistic Director, Tell Tale
Gunpowder Plot was first produced as an immersive promenade performance piece for The Magic Alley Theatre, Stratford – upon – Avon in November 2014 and was adapted into a full length storytelling play in 2015.
GUY FAWKES is in custody and Jacobean England is in chaos. Claim your seat in parliament and watch your back as the original parliamentary spin doctors try to find the best way to put the tale before King and Country. If they can further themselves and hinder their enemies along the way then all the better.
But King James VI & I has a keen ear for intrigue and country men and women will insist on remembering things differently. Meanwhile overseas in the East and hidden away between the walls of grand houses, forbidden priests are busy scribbling down their own version of events.
The Plots thicken…
The exact details of the Gunpowder plot continue to cause disagreement among historians but some of the concerns surrounding the Plot are strikingly relevant today – calls for parliamentary reform, state surveillance, religious extremism and acts of terror.
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“The Gunpowder plot is a fascinating part of British History and makes for a great story. The more you learn the better it gets too. Some of the primary source accounts and letters are of the sort that speak right across the ages and I have taken care to include some choice letters, speeches and quotes from confessions and reports without any alteration….There are many versions of the story that emerged after 1605 and the play explores how creating a strong narrative of such events can help to reforge state stability but also how stories can provide comfort and solace to those who are left behind or marginalised. That said, it is very much a family show!”