10 Days That Shook The World
Thereby Hangs A Tale
The Room Above Bristol
American journalist John Reed, captured the events of the 1917 October revolution in Russia, in his book Ten Days That Shook The World. It is his and his wife Louise Bryant’s work that is captured in this piece of theatre created by Thereby Hangs a Tale. Bryant herself was no tag-along, she was a strong woman ahead of her time, also a journalist covering the Russian Revolution and subsequent world affairs following Reed’s death.
It’s a revolutionary piece, by accident or design topping off a week of political action in Bristol that confronted climate change and to a clearly appreciative audience.
That’s the balance the work manages to create – straddling two revolutions just over 100 years apart, with real people, real facts and a real connection to the current growing political discontent of the Left in England.
Through comedy, music and the organic feel of fringe theatre, the snappy 60 minute performance broke down a complex period of history into perfect upbeat Friday night entertainment. Jake Bishop-Ponte in particular won most of the comedy moments, including snow that wouldn’t behave itself.
The cast was Katrina Rose, Fionnuala Donnelly, Natasha Du Prez, Jake Bishop-Ponte and Yves Morris. Music was by Katrina Rose, Natasha Du Prez and Eli Wooding with direction by Milo Morris.
10 Days That Shook The World, will be on in London 1-3 August at 2Northdown as part of Camden Fringe. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/therebyhangsa/