William Tylesworth, James Morden, John Scrivenor, Robert Rave, Thomas Holmes, Thomas Barnard and Joan Norman (all of Amersham) were burnt at the stake in the 16th century… and their crime? Reading the bible in English. Tylesworth’s daughter and Scrivenor’s children were forced to light their pyres.
The Life and Times of The Martyrs of Amersham and the Community in which they lived
is a spectacular piece of theatre, telling the tale of the ordinary folk living in 16th century Amersham.
The seven Martyrs were part of that community.
This extraordinary tale takes place in St Mary’s Church (as a promenade performance) and as soon as you arrive, you will be immersed in the weekly Amersham Market of 1511 with 100 men, women and children having a rollicking good time… and so will you!
We then meet the families of the town, and the grisly tale unfolds, with a few laughs and considerable insight into Tudor life along the way.
Audience comments from previous shows:
Costumes worthy of a national museum with speech and props to match.
The Charter Fair scene was simply magnificent.
This is a community play and not so much about the martyrs themselves, but the effect such an event had on its citizens.
The show commences at 8pm but the doors are open at 7.45pm so you can enjoy the Market scene.
Annie Hamilton-Pike is a professional producer who has brought many famous actors/performers to this area in the past including Miranda Hart, Ruth Maddoc, Sandi Toksvig, Michael MacIntyre and Fascinating Aida to name but a few.
Stan Pretty is no stranger to directing this piece. He was awarded an MBE in 2004
“For services to Drama and to the community in Amersham, Buckinghamshire”
specifically for The Martyrs Play. Stan is a professional actor and director.
Sally Alford is a professional actor and has worked with Stan Pretty on a number of community theatre projects. She is currently involved with The Theatre Shed, an all inclusive theatre company.