in association with Headley Theatre Club


the story of the Selborne & Headley Workhouse Riots of 1830


John Owen Smith


October 2002 performances ‘in the round’

Sunday 6th          2.30pm    Rural Life Centre, Tilford (01252) 795571

Friday 11th         8pm    Phoenix Arts Centre, Bordon (01420) 472664
Saturday 12th     2.30 & 8pm     Selborne Village Hall (01420) 511454

Friday 18th         8pm                 Thursley Village Hall (01252) 682744
Saturday 19th     2.30 & 8pm      Headley Village Hall (01428) 712892

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Details of tour venues for Riot!

2.30pm, Sunday 6th  October 2002
Rural Life Centre, Old Kiln Museum, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DL — (01252) 795571

8pm, Friday 11th October 2002
The Phoenix Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 0LR — (01420) 472664

2.30pm & 8pm, Saturday 12th October 2002
Selborne Village Hall, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire

8pm, Friday 18th October 2002
Thursley Village Hall, Thursley, Surrey GU8 6QA

2.30 & 8pm, Saturday 19th October 2002
Headley Village Hall, Arford Road, Headley, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 8LJ

This Production

The casting of this play brings together a number of talents from across the local area. In the play, Robert Holdaway is told that his mob consists of people from ten parishes - and by coincidence, so does our cast, coming from Aldershot, Churt, Frensham, Four Marks, Headley, Hindhead, Liphook, Lindford, Selborne and Whitehill.
Over the years, since the first presentation of Riot in 1993, our touring community plays have aimed to forge links between local actors and dramatic societies, as well as to satisfy a need for the presentation of local history in an enjoyable and accessible form
Some of our members in this production are working together for the first time, others have 'been here before'. May the links we have forged grow ever stronger!

The action of the play is continuous with one interval of 10 minutes, and takes place in various locations over a period leading up to, during and following the 22nd & 23rd November 1830.

Cast — Production Team

Gaoler on the hulk York  Paul Kosinski
Robert Holdaway  Tony Grant
Aaron Harding, labourer of Selborne  Mike Measures
Thomas Harding, labourer of Kingsley  Daniel Radford
John Heath, carpenter of Selborne  Jamie Stickler
Henry James, ‘from the forest’  John Millais
James Painter, labourer of Kingsley  Dale Lodge
Matthew Triggs, bricklayer of Headley  Simon Coyte
William Cobbett, radical author  John McGregor
Villager of Selborne  Nicholas James
Charles Fitt, farmer of Selborne  Stan Sharp
Timothy Loe, clerk to Selborne vestry  Rod Sharp
William Cobbold, vicar of Selborne  David Irwin
Maria Cobbold, wife of the vicar  Wendy Downs
John Harrison, master of Selborne workhouse  Martin Levy
Mrs Harrison, wife of John  Pru Harrold
Harry Harrison, son of John  Peter Daruvala
John Newland, ‘Trumpeter of Selborne’  Peter Christopherson
Ann Newland, wife of John  Jean Vivian
Sarah Holdaway, wife of Robert  Rachel Whittaker
Housekeeper to the vicar of Selborne  Georgia Keen
John Cobb, labourer of Selborne  Nicholas James
Mrs Dowling, landlady of The Anchor  Georgia Keen
Captain of the 5th Dragoons at Liphook  John Millais
William Triggs, brother of Matthew  Paul Kosinski
James Shoesmith, master of Headley workhouse  John McGregor
Mrs Shoesmith, wife of James  Mo Cooke
John Lickfold, shopkeeper of Headley  Rod Sharp
Mr Tend, decorator from Kennington  Martin Levy
Eli Smith, farmer of Headley  Stan Sharp
Robert Dickinson, rector of Headley  Anthony Williams
Richard Rook, labourer of Headley  Paul Kosinski
Judge at the trials  Peter Christopherson
Usher at the trials  Nicholas James
Attorney-General at the trials  Anthony Williams
Narrators and other characters  members of the cast

Production Team

Author/Director  John Owen Smith
Co-director  Nick Webb
Wardrobe  Dil Williamson
Musical consultant  Dale Lodge
Properties & effects  The cast, with special thanks to the Rural Life Centre, Tilford for loan of barrels


 Jo Levy, Dale Lodge, Mike Measures, John Owen Smith, Nick Webb, Dil Williamson – and the rest!

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