Tony Ramsay's The Long Life & Great Good Fortune Of John Clare, a startling new play that sheds new light on the life of our best-loved ‘peasant poet’ is touring East Anglia until May 18th 2013. (http://www.easternangles.co.uk/show/JOC/dates.html).
Clare is remembered for his life more than his poetry - lime-burner, labourer, womaniser, walker, visionary lunatic - with his experiences increasingly used as a yardstick for our own contemporary issues. But, in Tony Ramsay's play, a new John Clare emerges, set free from the story of his life.
The play is currently touring 40 different venues including libraries, village halls, community centres, town halls, theatres and tithe barns.
**** "Richard Sandells is superb [...] A finer play than its regional small-space tour might suggest; in concept, language and performance it honours poetry and pain alike" - Libby Purves, The Times
**** "Richard Sandells as John is immensely moving as both his characters try to simultaneously break out of and seek security within their mental torment" - Anne Morley-Priestman, WhatsOnStage
"Compelling, fascinating and dramatic [...] The performances are all superb [...] Catch this play if you can" - Hugh Homan, The Stage
"See this fine piece of work for yourself [...] The performances are superb – almost unbearably moving in this intimate space" - Michael Gray Arts Blog
"Eastern Angles meld the historical with the modern to create a piece of real emotional power that not only causes reflection on the issues of mental illness but also drives us to rediscover one of the region’s leading poetical exponents. A gripping and powerful production" - Glen Pearce, thepublicreviews
"Gripping, intelligent, and acted with verve by Henry Devas, Louise Mai Newberry and Richard Sandells. The east of England would be a far poorer place theatrically without the indispensable Eastern Angles" - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian