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Fire in the Park

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A commission from Greater Manchester Police Museum, and the Drama Department of the Arts Council,  Fire in the Park was based on research carried out while Deborah Freeman was writer in residence at the museum.

Staged in 2003 at the Robert Powell Theatre, Salford, by Wise Monkey Community Theatre Company, it was directed by Philip Parr.

"The performance tells a gripping and dramatic story of murder and betrayal!`  From `On In Salford.`

For information about the social and criminal history of Victorian Manchester, much of it taken from original police records, and featuring the famous Manchester Detective, Jerome Caminada, read this play! Pyrodramas, reinactments of famous battles, were staged at Belle Vue, with hundreds of extras, to audiences of thousands - and of course with great showers of fireworks.  Fire in the Park could be staged as a full community play.  For further information contact Deborah Freeman.  

Stephen Boyes, Artistic Director, Manchester Actors` Company, wrote:

"Fire in the Park" is a dynamic local history play, fascinating in setting and subject matter. The Victorian pyrodramas presented at Belle Vue, the rich assortment of people involved in these quirky, spectacular shows, provide Freeman with a terrific background for her intriguingly-drawn characters. These characters are big bold, and above all very real. Police, pick-pockets, and prostitutes - the homeless and uneducated, and those who take charge of them are represented vividly. The piece concentrates on issues of poverty, racism, and victims at the bottom of Victorian society, but is never mawkish or dully educational. Our local producing houses such as Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum, Library Theatre or Royal Exchange could happily snap up this new play, and reveal its intriguing story to north-west audiences. Most importantly of all, "Fire in the Park" is a terrific piece of entertainment.

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