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AuthorWADDINGTON-FEATHER, John - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author
SynopsisA full length play tracing the life and martyrdom of William Tyndale, the first translator of the Bible into English. A drama about free speech and religious freedom; set at a time when modern English evolved to become the global language of Shakespeare and his fellow writers a generation later. The play also covers events which marked the beginning of the Anglican Church.
InformationSuitable for Under-16s to see
Cast23 M 5F (minimum 10)
Fr John Bro William William Tyndale Narrator Count Alonso Sir Thomas More Bess, Housekeeper Alice More, wife of Sir Thomas Margaret, their daughter Servant Bishop Tunstal William Hebblethwaite Cardinal Wolsey Thomas cromwell King Henry VIII Augustine Packington Henry phillips Thomas pointz !st and 2nd Officers. Jailer Marquis of Bergen, prison governor Archbishop Cranmer Jane Seymour Ruwart Tapper, chief Inquisitor Jaques Lathomus, assistant Inquisitor John Pointz Judge at Tyndale's final trial.
ProductionThe set remains the same throughout the play, but scene changes are shown by lighting effects or image projections onto a backcloth. Characters walk off the stage at the end of a sequence and onto it at the next sequence. Sequences are linked by the Narrator. Furniture at the trial scenes and elswhere is very simple: a table with chairs round it. Suitable music may be played invarious parts of the play e.g. Plainson during the first part when England is Roman Catholic and Tudor sedcular music in the second part when England has become Protestant.
StatusAvailable for performance
ISBN978 1 84175 253 2
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John Waddington-Feather
John Waddington-Feather belongs to the West Yorkshire ‘school’ of writers. His children’s novel, Quill’s Adventures in Grozzieland, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 1989, and his verse-play, Garlic Lane, won the Burton Award in 1999. In 2002 he was awarded the American DeWitt Romig Prize for his poetry. He co-directs the small-press imprint Feather Books and edits The Poetry Church poetry quarterly. He was the first chairman of the J.B.Priestley Society and is now a vice-president. In 1985 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Born in 1933 in Keighley, he attended Keighley Boys’ Grammar School and graduated in English at Leeds University in 1954. Over the past few years his wide range of books has attracted a growing number of readers in many countries, more recently in translation in Russia and Ukraine.

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