Our response to the impact of Covid-19 on our live theatre productions has been to create the Riversmeet Monologues and the Riversmeet Shorts, two series of very short films taking different approaches to monologues from our original play scripts.
This piece is from Richard Bradbury’s play about Frederick Douglas in Exeter currently in development. William Lloyd Garrison was a giant of the anti-slavery campaigns starting in the 1830s. He regarded death threats as compliments. In the early 1840s he met Frederick Douglass, and together they exhilarated the abolitionist cause. In 1846 they travelled through England together in a hugely successful tour.
And then they argued. Douglass was offered the opportunity of freedom, by English abolitionists offering to ‘buy’ him from his ‘owner’. Garrison was vehemently opposed. Douglass pointed out that it was a choice Garrison would never have to make. They parted company.
William Garrison is played by Aaron Lynn
Riversmeet Monologues II:
Oliver Cromwell:My Intentions,
From the play Rebels in Heaven By Richard Bradbury
Oliver Cromwell is played by Costa Chard.
Riversmeet Monologues I: John Lilburne: Liberty for All
The original promotional film for the play Rebels in Heaven by Richard Bradbury
John Lilburne is played by Charlie Coldfield.