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Dare Devil Rides To Jarama - a new play by Neil Gore
Sat 3 December 2016, 19:30 – 22:30 GMT
Commissioned by the International Brigades Memorial Trust, the play's tour will coincide with the 80th anniversaries of the creation of the International Brigades in October 1936 and the Battle of Jarama in 1937.
The drama is centred on the contrasting lives of International Brigaders Clem Beckett and Christopher Caudwell. Beckett, a Lancahire blacksmith and famous star of the speedway track, and Caudwell, a renowned writer, poet and philosopher, were killed together at Jarama in February 1937, having become friends as members of the British Battalion's machine-gun company.
Through their stories, the play will shed light on the political and social world of the 1930s and all that inspired and confronted the Brigaders on their journeys to Spain.
Deeply moved by most Spaniards' determination to defend democracy against Franco's rising fascist army, many of the volunteers crossed the Pyrenees to help the Spanish Republic, convinced that this evil had to be stopped to prevent a wider Euopean war.
The play will commemorate and celebrate the contribution and sacrifice of the volunteer International Brigades from all over the world, including two and a half thousand from Britain and Ireland, who recognised that the defence of Spanish democracy against fascism was their fight too.
It will capture the raw passions and emotions produced by the Spanish Civil War - idealism to despair, hope to anger, determination to fear - through powerful storytelling, stirring song and poetry, and compelling movement and dance.