Finishing touches put on community play set to be performed in Sutton

Hanby and Barrett
Hanby and Barrett

THE finishing touches are being put on a community play which is set to be performed in Kirkby at the beginning of next month.

The Hammer of Defiance, which deals with the Luddite Rebellion in Sutton, will be performed at the Forest Street Baptist Church on 3rd and 4th May and will be the culmination of many months of hard work by members of the Ashfield community.

The production, which has been created by theatre company Hanby and Barrett, will see amateur actors, musicians and costume designers tell the story of the Luddites who destroyed the newly-mechanised knitting frames more than 200 years ago as they tried to save their jobs.

Julian Hanby, who is one half of the theatre company, says one of the highlights will be a giant puppet of Ned Ludd, who is said to have first smashed knitting frames.

He said: “It’s been made by a couple of teachers who are involved in the play.

“They have been working with our props maker and it’s going to take three people to operate it. It will make quite an entrance when it comes in.”

•The show takes place on 3rd May at 8pm and on 4th May at 5pm and 8pm. It is free to attend and details can be obtained by calling (0115) 911 6971. No ticket is required - just turn up on the day.