WHATS ON: Unsung | Liverpool Everyman | 9 – 12 March 2016

UnsungCreated by Turf Love and DaDaFest, Unsung is a new production that tells the turbulent and uplifting story of Edward Rushton, Liverpool’s most implacable anti-slavery abolitionist, human rights activist and pioneer for disability rights. Taking place at the award-winning Liverpool Everyman from Wednesday 9th until Saturday 12th March 2016, the production will utilise poetry, projected imagery, darkness and sound montage to provide a passionate and accessible theatre experience. TICKETS

Described by Unsung writer, John Graham Davies, as “a glaring example of a heroic figure who was written out of history”, Rushton was apprenticed to the shipping industry as a child and quickly became an experienced seaman. When he was saved from drowning by Kwamina, a freed slave who died rescuing him, Rushton made a decision that would change his life forever.

Returning to Liverpool after becoming blind while assisting captured Africans aboard a slave ship, he became a diligent opponent of slavery and a champion of human rights. He also went on to establish what is now the Royal School for the Blind, which was second only in the world to a school built in Paris.

It seemed Rushton’s fascinating story was to remain untold to the wider public, that is until it was picked up by writers John Graham Davies (Beating Berlusconi!) and James Quinn who brought it to the attention of DaDaFest’s Artistic Director Ruth Gould. Internationally renowned director Chuck Mike was then chosen to helm this exciting new production, set for its stage debut this March.

The production is part funded via crowdfunding website IndieGoGo, enabling the people of Liverpool and all those who identify with the story of Rushton to help bring his tale to the stage. Unsung was also generously supported by Liverpool City Council, Arts Council England, The Granada Foundation and Unison.

Weaving together the contemporary and classical in an inspirational tale that still resonates with our times – the ordinary person challenging the corrupt practice of unethical business – Unsung reimagines some of Rushton’s extraordinary life in 18th Century Liverpool, set against the rising arc of the abolition movement. Using a dynamic and exciting lyrical theatrical style, Unsung is one production you shouldn’t miss out on. Tickets on sale now.

Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 March 2016

Everyman Theatre
5 – 11 Hope Street
L1 9BH


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