Holding Fire


ISBN: 9781854599988
Author: By Jack Shepherd
Publication Date: 12/07/2007
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 128pp.
Availability: Available

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A rollicking tale of adventure set in early Victorian England, ranging from East End squalor to the Northern mills, and packing in an almost Dickensian gallery of characters.

England 1837: a country in a state of turmoil. A young girl is propelled on a journey from the London slums to the servants’ quarters of a great house, and from first love to murder.

Jack Shepherd’s play Holding Fire is a picaresque tale of tavern assemblies and prize fights, gin-palace communists and bullying do-gooders, industrialists and whores, bringing to life the violent times of early Victorian England.

Holding Fire was first staged at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, in Jully 2007.

‘Passionate and fiercely relevant’
The Times

‘You want epic sweep, you got it. Jack Shepherd’s rambling and rather wonderful history of the Victorian Chartist movement confirms the Globe as a venue for new writing of special, grand-scale quality’
Evening Standard

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