Actors needed for Sutton play about Luddite Rebellion

Saving for Supper
Saving for Supper

A NEWLY-written play which explores the time when Sutton folk stood up to the Government of the day is set to be performed the town in March.

Community theatre group Hanby and Barrett, run by Nottingham-based duo Julian Hanby and Andy Barrett, is set to stage its latest production - and Ashfield residents are being urged to take part.

The play, which has the working title is Sutton Shall Rise, examines the Luddite rebellion which took place in Sutton in the early 19th Century.

The Luddites, who were textile workers, protested about the introduction of new technology which they believed would destroy their livelihood.

Writer Andy Barrett said: “I love delving into the history books and talking to people who are very knowledgeable about the place in which they live.

“Some of the historical figures in the story we are telling were transported to Australia.

“I’ve even been in touch with members of their families in Tasmania who have been kind enough to send me documents from the trials.”

Producer Andy Barrett said: “We’re looking for people who want to act, sing, play music or help out backstage. Perhaps you’ve been in lots of plays - or perhaps you’d be a first timer. Either way you’re welcome to join us.

“If you want to act but just want a small part or even just to be part of a crowd that is fine too. We will be starting rehearsals at the beginning of the New Year.”

Anyone who wants to take part or who would like more information can go to a meeting at Sutton Centre Community College on Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9pm. Alternatively, call Julian on 07906 909559 or email

As well as gearing up to stage its community play, Julian Hanby and Andy Barrett have organised other events in Sutton including a short play at the Summer Spectacular in June and a writing competition in partnership with Ashfield Fair Share.

The pair have organised similar outdoor productions in Mansfield and Hucknall.

The Ashfield play has been funded by Arts Council England, Ashfield Fair Share and Ashfield District Council.

• Saving for Supper, one of Hanby and Barrett’s previous productions, which was performed in Hucknall.