Vamos Theatre will perform the unique masked show Much Ado About Wenlock at The Castle in Wellingborough tonight.
In the year 1850 the small Shropshire town of Much Wenlock hosted its very own ‘Olympian Games’, an event that was to be an essential inspiration for the modern Olympics that began 46 years later.
Behind this seemingly mild-mannered event, where athletics and country sports combined with wheelbarrow races and a competition for a bag of tea (the ‘old-ladies’ race), lay a struggle for equality and the right to health and wellbeing, set during the changing world of the Industrial Revolution.
The play centres around the characters from the local community as they train for, and compete in, this amazing annual event: the butcher’s wife practises her hammer throws with un-plucked pheasants; the postman uses his letters and parcels to perfect his discus; the local school children (under the training of the strict school mistress) will do their very best!
The whole Victorian household is going for gold. The play is at The Castle today and tomorrow at 7.45pm.