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Series of drama performances, ranging from experimental works to the Classics

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Drama on 3: The Masque of Anarchy

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Ian McMillan introduces a commemoration of the Peterloo Massacre, as Maxine Peake performs Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem of protest, The Masque of Anarchy. Written in response to the events of 16 August 1819, Shelley was compelled to react to the massacre in which cavalry men charged campaigners in St Peter's Field, Manchester, leaving 15 dead and 700 injured. Recorded only a few miles from where it happened, Maxine Peake"s performance makes the poem - a call for political action - resonate for a contemporary audience

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