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Escape was on Everyone’s Mind – The Tale of Jack Sheppard
On from 19 May 2016 till 21 May 2016
All Around Town
by Otherstory

- £10.00

About: Escape was on Everyone’s Mind – The Tale of Jack Sheppard

Puppetry company celebrate the story of a local hero in London’s East End

It tells the story of the notorious 18th Century jailbreaker and hero of the people – Jack Sheppard. 18th Century London, its rebellious mobs, rapacious merchants and well-fed judges, are brought to vivid life on a table. The use of simple cut-out puppets and zigzagging set lead the audience through unexpected turns among the characters, institutions, and dodgy deals of a time of upheaval; a time with parallels to our own. Jumps in scale, the textured use of sound and song add drama and depth to the story.

A playful, political, visually stunning tale of daring and resistance.
Trevor Houghton from Otherstory commented: “We were inspired by the engravings of William Hogarth. We have taken on his picture-storytelling style: the vibrant detail, the satire, the use of one character's story to map and critique a society on many levels; and we have attempted to translate this into puppetry. Jack’s story travelled worldwide – evolving over the years. A prime reason for bringing this show to the East End is to bring the story to a new generation of Londoners.”
View the trailer at

Two members of Otherstory have recently trained with the Curious School of Puppetry a ground breaking new puppetry course based in Bethnal Green – see

Performances last 70 mins, suitable for adults and older children (10+) will be followed by a post-show discussion led by radical history group – Past Tense

7.15 pm – 19th May – Cardboard Citizens – 77A Greenfield Rd, E1 1EJ

7.15 pm – 20th May – Brady Arts Centre – 192-196 Hanbury St, E1 5HU

£10 (£6 concessions) to book go to

3.00 pm – 21st May – Special show for local residents and young people at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, 277 Bancroft Road, E1 4DQ
To reserve places for this performance phone 07501614256

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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