Norwich theatre company Crude Apache tell the tale of Surlingham’s Susannah Holmes
and her husband Henry Kable (also Cabell) when they present their free, open-air version of Peter Bellamy’s legendary ballad opera, The Transports, in Norwich, Whitlingham, Wymondham and Geldeston from Thursday August 3rd.
The Transports tells the extraordinary story of how Henry, from Laxfield, and Susannah, were sentenced to hang, for separate thefts, in 1783, reprieved, incarcerated in Norwich Castle prison where they fell in love and had a baby and were then transported to Australia in the first fleet of convicts to arrive there in 1788. Click here for the full story on Surlingham.org.
The Transports tells their story in music and song and Crude Apache’s production features a cast of 12 actor/singers and 10 musicians.
Crude Apache theatre company began in 1994 and is well- known for telling many local stories, including that of Kett’s Rebellion, Billy Bluelight and The Singing Postman, as well as performing plays by William Shakespeare and other important playwrights.
The Transports is directed by Panda Monium and music director is Tim Lane. All shows are free, with a pass the hat collection. Audiences are invited to bring something to sit on, and a picnic.
Thu 3rd August – Heigham Park, Norwich 7.30pm
Sat 5th August – Whiffler Theatre, Norwich Castle gardens, 7.30pm
Sun 6th August – Whiffler Theatre, 2.30pm
Thu 10th August – Whitlingham Country Park Visitor Centre 7.30pm
Fri 11th August – Wymondham, Becketswell 7.30pm
Sat 12th August – Geldeston, The Locks Inn 7.30pm
Sun 13th August – Kett’s Heights, Kett’s Hill, Norwich 2.30pm
Photo credit: Al Pulford