Freeborn John – Derngate, Northampton

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect tonight, reviews of last night were somewhat uninspiring, however it had been the first night which might help explain things. Freeborn John is a folk-opera by Rev Hammer about the life of John Lilburne with a supporting cast of people like New Model Army, The Levellers, and Maddy Prior and many others.

Despite my misgivings, nearly everything went well, the only noticable cock-up was when Simon Friend made a complete mess of his duet with Maddy Prior, I reckon he was pissed. All in all a thoroughly good evening, although a little short.

Same again on Saturday in London.


Bishop Bray Speech (Stephen Burden)
Pillory Scene (Rev Hammer)
Whipping Song (Phil Johnstone)
Battle of Brentford (Justin Sullivan)
Elizabeth’s Great Gallop (Maddy Prior & Simon Friend)
Return to London (Rory McLeod)
England’s New Chains (Rev Hammer)
Oliver Cromwell Speech (Harry S Fulcher)
Bonny Besses (Rose Kemp)

Bishop Bray Speech (Stephen Burden)
Burford Stomp (The Levellers)
Oliver Cromwell Speech (Harry S Fulcher)
Lowlands of Holland (The Levellers)
Exile (Rev Hammer)
Every Woman’s Pain (Maddy Prior & Rose Kemp)
Return from Exile (Rory McLeod)
Rumour & Rapture (New Model Army)
Seventeen Years of Sorrow (Maddy Prior)
Lilburne’s Death Song (Rev Hammer)

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7 Responses to Freeborn John – Derngate, Northampton

  1. Father says:

    So this is what your ground-rent is being spent on!

  2. Steve says:

    How’s the pickled egg?

  3. Steve says:

    1 Litre of Malt Vinegar, add whole cinnamon, coriander, cumin, cloves,black peppercorns, ground allspice and ground chillies and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into a pickling jar and add 15 peeled hard boiled eggs and leave for 2 weeks before eating. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  4. rich says:

    I’m not sure I’d be able to wait for two weeks :)

  5. Steve says:

    I usually struggle.

  6. Father says:

    Very ‘Cool-hand Luke’!