The renowned diarists Samuel Pepys & John Evelyn burst into the room in the very midst of the Great Fire of London of 1666...!!!
• How can they fight it?
• What have they seen and heard?
• And what if it happened now?
• In your very town or city...?!
How would you rebuild it...?!
Using contemporary accounts, modern research and the words of these two great diarists, David Hall and Clive Greenwood recreate the drama, panic, sights and sounds of "The Most Lamentable Conflagration" - and lead your pupils to consider: how would they rebuild their area if they were to start again from scratch...?
What was it actually like to be there, and what were people’s responses to the disaster?
How did they fight it, how did they escape, what did they save, and what were its possible causes?
Then, using maps of the actual proposals, we ask the pupils to decide which they think would be the best design for the rebuilding
of the city and present their ideas to the King himself – before going on to reveal how London was actually rebuilt.
Finally, we pose the questions:
What if your town were destroyed?
What’s important to you?
How would you rebuild it?
Which in turn can lead to many further projects, for which we provide many further suggestions.
A Dynamic Delivery of an Historical Event looking to the Future, which may be linked to the widest range of curriculum areas.
David Hall and Clive Greenwood as Samuel Pepys and Sir John Evelyn.
Humour, Wit, Drama and an Unforgettable launch to a Fascinating Project.
What would you do...?!
The Most Lamentable
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Available in three configurations :
• Samuel Pepys & John Evelyn
• Samuel Pepys & his maid, Jane
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• Samuel Pepys alone
David is happy
to consider further historical character commissions…!
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Originally commissioned for Leicester’s Abbey Pumping Station,
the two giants, who helped us harness the Forces of Nature herself, meet to discuss the relative virtues of Steam and Electricity.
How do their inventions work and to what futures will their discoveries lead?
Bringing Science and History to Life!
“Harnessing the forces of Nature”
Originally developed for the 2010 Steam Revival Show at Beaulieu Motor Museum the friends, sometime rivals and prolific engineers who between them constructed over 3000 miles of railways in the UK alone, finally meet to discuss how their work changed Britain and indeed the structure of society itself.
From the Battle of the Gauges to friendship through adversity, Brunel and Stephenson: the men who reshaped our world forever !
Brunel and Stephenson
“Great fun, Interactive and Highly Informative too!”
meets FRIAR TUCK
Inspire and Involve all your pupils...!!
In a fabulous, genuine mummers play scene Robin Hoode (Verity Hewlett) meets and puts to the test a larger than life Friar Tuck (David Hall) with some pupils themselves portraying Robin's very own Merrie Men - and Women...!
This superb scene is full of fun, quarterstaff fights and slapstick as well as genuine 15th-century dialogue. It’s impossible not to enjoy and will have your whole school cheering their heroes...!
(It can also form the basis of some creative writing using alliteration, rhyme and some wonderful vocabulary..!)
Following the scene, David and Verity will run dynamic workshops in UK heritage, traditions, songs and dances - even some Shakespeare if you like...!
Alternatively workshops can run through the day with the pupils’ performances and the Robin Hoode scene making a fitting and grand finale to the day...!
An unforgettable day for all your pupils..!