Remember, remember – and join the show!
THE historic scenes that made the fifth of November forever famous will be recreated at Boughton House next month.
The country estate is aiming to reaffirm its role as the home of Bonfire Night with the return of sell-out show, The Gunpowder Plot.
Tickets are now on sale for this, the third annual spectacle of performance, projection and pyrotechnics in November.
And you could join the show! Producer Metro Boulot Dodo Leicester is holding auditions for a talented cast of young people to take part in the outdoor performance of the re-enactment of The Gunpower Plot. Workshops are on Saturday October 10, 2-4.30pm, at The Core in Corby.
If you are aged 16-plus and have a passion for theatre and dance, are in full time education or have just graduated, read on!
The audition will be an open fun workshop where you’ll learn new techniques in physical theatre. You do not need to prepare a sequence, but email: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and confirm your attendance by Wednesday October 7. If selected, you must commit to various dates: Saturday workshops on October 17 and October 24, 2pm-4.30pm. Half term Monday October 26 to Friday 30th, 10am-5pm. Dress rehearsal and performance dates from Wednesday November 4 to Saturday 7th, 4.30pm-9pm, at Boughton House, Geddington (NN14 1BJ).
The centuries old tradition of thanksgiving was reinstated on Bonfire Night at Boughton House in 2013 in tribute to Edward, First Lord Montagu of Boughton – the father of Bonfire Night.
Edward personally sponsored legislation known as The Observance of 5th November Act 1605, which called for an annual thanksgiving for the failure of The Plot to assassinate King James I of England – setting in motion a tradition which has spanned centuries.
The estate, home now to Edward’s descendant, the Duke of Buccleuch, will become a backdrop to the event, telling the thrilling story of Northamptonshire’s infamous conspirators, as the production – in association with Northamptonshire County Council and Leicester-based theatre innovators Metro-Boulot-Dodo – returns on Thursday November 5, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th.
Charles Lister, property manager at Boughton House, said: “Edward’s story is somewhat overlooked in modern Plot lore, so it is wonderful to see him take his rightful place in the narrative once again in this stunning show.
“The Gunpowder Plot seems to have really captured people’s imaginations and we’re expecting sell-out performances again this year.”
Paul Long of Metro-Boulot-Dodo, added: “2015 is shaping up to be our biggest and best year to date. As well as the spectacular main show, guests can enjoy illuminations around Boughton House, atmospheric music, food, drink and a liberal helping of fire, including shows from Fairly Famous Family.”
The Gunpowder Plot takes place at Boughton Estate near Kettering (NN14 1BJ) on November 5th, 6th and 7th. Tickets are on sale from Royal and Derngate (www.royalandderngate.co.uk) priced at £12.50 per adult and £8 for concessions. Gates open at 6.30pm for 7.30pm show start.
For more information on upcoming events at Boughton House, click here.
Above – GUNPOWDER, TREASON AND PLOT: The Boughton Estate will house the annual re-enactment of the famous November 5th plot. Photo courtesy of Warren Shaw.