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Tolpuddle Martyrs play coming to Dorchester to raise funds for Shire Hall

By DavidBol  |  Posted: February 09, 2014

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A play about the Tolpuddle Martyrs, ‘We Will Be Free’ is coming to Dorchester next month.

Following a UK tour, the play will come to the Dorchester Corn Exchange on Saturday 1 March.

The play tells the story of Methodist preacher George Loveless and the farm labourers who became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs – helping to start the trade union movement.

Profits made from ticket sales will go towards a project by West Dorset District Council to redevelop Dorchester’s Shire Hall, the scene of the Martyr’s infamous trial.

Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council said: “We Will Be Free brings the story of what actually happened at Shire Hall to life and I would urge anyone with an interest in the history of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and supporters of the Shire Hall project to come along and see the show.

“Proceeds from the ticket sales will help fund a programme of events at Shire Hall this summer.”

The performance begins at 8pm, while the Shire Hall’s Old Crown Court and Cells will be open to visitors from 6:30pm.

Tickets cost £10 (£8 for Dorchester Arts members and concessions) and are available from Dorchester Arts.

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