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Land of Promise

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Durham Town Hall

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Durham

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Land of Promise will happen as a stand-alone part of Re:Place, the launch event for a network reconnecting artists and planners.

It is a words & music presentation featuring guest readers and musicians. It journeys through three and a half centuries of radical thought, writing & song about the connections between art, social justice and our living environment. Listen here to "Langley Bush", an original setting by Chris Ellis of two John Clare poems, "The Mores" and "Remembrances", that features in "Land of Promise.

Using songs, readings, film & images the show tells a story of the fund of radical ideas and the political will that is the legacy of own Utopian movement.

The tale traces a lineage from the diggers at St George's Hill in 1649 to the eco neighbourhoods of Freiburg and radical interventions by people around the world to reclaim our dying cities today. The songs and readings are delivered by a cast of musicians, actors and guest readers. The music includes protest songs drawn from writers on both sides of the atlantic: from Leon Rosselson & Dick Gaughan to Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

The readings range from John Winstanley's original Diggers' Declaration to the poetry of Benjamin Zephania. Along the way we hear from John Ruskin, William Morris, Edward Carpenter, Ebenezer Howard and JB Priestley among others. The story is woven by a narrator's commentary that gives running historical context & draws out the connections between the writers & ideas. The commentary & the choice of material is always adapted to the specific situation of the performance and we welcome guest readers.

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