The People's Revolt
Set in the near future, events mirror those of the Peasants Revolt in 1381 led by revolutionary Wat Tyler, when people’s protest turned to violent revolt over taxes, austerity and unstable leadership.
Past and present are brought dramatically together in this modern reimagining. Digital storytelling provides real-time updates from an underground network of rebels as they advance on London, before audiences of twenty find themselves singled out as key conspirators leading Tyler’s assault on the Tower of London itself. Choice and chance are at play between the age-old Tower walls. How will the fate of the nation be decided; will history be re-written?
The People’s Revolt is created by differencEngine, makers of the critically acclaimed Heist, in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for the Tower of London. Co-founder of differencEngine, Andrew Sommerville, says of the partnership: “Working with Historic Royal Palaces allowed an unusual opportunity to explore the parallels of a nation in the midst of political uncertainty, unrest and austerity with those of modern times.”
Chief Learning and Engagement Officer at Historic Royal Palaces, Elizabeth McKay says “The Tower of London tells the story of how power has been negotiated in our society over a thousand years. Historic Royal Palaces is always looking for new ways to present moments from the Tower's past as questions for today. This exciting new partnership with differencEngine presents an opportunity for London audiences to make decisions, negotiate scenarios and weigh up moral choices in exploring how key moments in our national story were forged.”
Notes for Editors
The People’s revolt
Dates: 6-8, 10-11, 13-15, 17-18 March 2017
Times: 18.00, 18.30, 19.00, 19.25, 19.50
Running time approx. 60 mins
Tickets: £25.50, Concessions: £23
(Historic Royal Palaces members, Students, Tower Hamlet Residents)
NB This event involves steps around this historic site and is therefore unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users or for people with limited mobility. Advance booking essential.
If participants have particular access requirements, please contact 020 3166 6646 or email@example.com.
differencEngine are an Off West End nominated company specialising in immersive & interactive theatre. Central to the company’s ethos is creating theatre that immerses a participant into a world where they are both protagonist & hero whilst exploring the boundaries of technology in performance.
The company was co-founded by Jon Cooper & Andrew Somerville in 2014. Their shows include the sell-out HEIST and Battlefield Hardline: Live. Since then the company has been developing their work in immersive & interactive theatre working with a number of key partners & organisation including Merlin Entertainments, Electronic Arts UK, South London Gallery, The Phoenix Comic and Battersea Arts Centre.