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The Transports – A tale of exile and migration

Tickets: £20 - £22
Venue: Main House Theatre
Running Time: 2h approx.
Groups Group Discount buy 10 tickets & get 11th free (unless otherwise specified)
Age Guidance: All ages
The stellar line-up for this exciting new production includes The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton.

Stunning....truly a transport of delight” - The Guardian 
***** 

an ensemble success....ten voices uniting in magnificently lusty, rousing chorus” - The Herald **** 

The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to the new colony in Australia. With fresh script and musical arrangement, this famous show re-emerges within a modern context of mass migration.

In 1977 Peter Bellamy released The Transports on record with The Watersons, Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, AL Lloyd, June Tabor, Cyril Tawney, Dave Swarbrick and others. Several times since, further generations of folk musicians have gathered to re-create the piece.

This new production features musical arrangements by Paul Sartin of Bellowhead and Faustus. Two-time BBC Folk Award winners The Young’uns bring their trademark live dynamism. Further musical excellence comes from Nancy Kerr, Bellowhead’s Rachael McShane, Faustus’ Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose, and Greg Russell.

Storyteller Matthew Crampton has created fresh narration for the show, amplifying its central tale into a broader exploration of exile and migration.

Mass migration is a defining dilemma of today. There’s seldom been a more vital moment to bring back The Transports – not just a great music experience, but a sharp reminder of folk music’s power in portraying the way the world actually works.

After a sell-out tour across the UK in 2017, The Transports is delighted to be touring once more in 2018.

Find out more about the show HERE

PARALLEL LIVES PROJECT
For the PARALLEL LIVES project, the creative team behind The Transports is working with refugee and migrant organisations in each town the show visits. The project contrasts the lives of those forced to leave Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries with those who have recently arrived.
Mass migration is a defining dilemma of today. There’s seldom been a more vital moment to bring back The Transports – not just a great music experience, but a sharp reminder of folk music’s power in portraying the way the world actually works.
 
Watch Parallel Lives in action in Shrewsbury HERE
Read local stories The Transports have already gathered HERE
Year: 2018


Truly stunning ensemble singing and individual instrumental virtuosity” - Songlines

Superb...the best piece of work I have seen in a very long time” - John Tams

The Transports is truly magnificent” - RnR Magazine

Outstanding” - Living Tradition

Thought provoking, beautifully performed, hopeful, educational, inspirational - a triumph” - EDS Magazine


One of the best stage performances in a very long time” - Folk Radio UK

Moving and compelling” - Arts Beat

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