A COMPELLING world premiere about the Spanish Civil War is coming to the Oldham Coliseum on October 12-15 as part of its UK tour.
Marking the 80th anniversary of the War, ‘Dare Devil Rides To Jarama’ is based on the experiences of The International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War.
It focuses on the contrasting lives of Clem Beckett, a Lancashire blacksmith and famous star of the speedway track, and Christopher Caudwell, a renowned writer, poet and philosopher.
Both men were killed together at Jarama in February 1937, having become friends as members of the British Battalion’s machine-gun company.
Through stirring song, poetry and compelling movement and dance, the production captures the raw emotions of the time, with musical direction from acclaimed folk singer John Kirkpatrick.
This play also has a particular resonance in the current climate as it examines how the economic pressures in the 1930s contributed to the rise of intolerance throughout Europe.
This production follows Townsend Productions’ critically acclaimed United We Stand, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and We Will Be Free.
Director Louise Townsend said: “This project is a tremendous opportunity to tell this very intricate and extraordinary story of exceptional people.
“The challenge is twofold – to do justice to their achievements and to reflect the dense, turbulent political and historical times.”
Writer Neil Gore added: “The play is an exciting and evocative piece about the incredible contribution made by the volunteers that made up the International Brigades to fight the forces of fascism and to uphold the power of democracy.
“It is also an important examination of the fascinating and brilliant life of Clem Beckett who achieved so much in such a short time as a top speedway rider and a rider in the Wall of Death around Europe.”
‘Dare Devil Rides To Jarama’ will visit the Oldham Coliseum on October 12-15. Tickets are available online www.coliseum.org.uk or by calling 01616 242829.