Escape was on Everyone's Mind - The Tale of Jack Sheppard
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Date(s) - Sat 9 July
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Barton hill Settlement



Puppetry company celebrate the hidden history of a hero of the people

Bristol-based puppetry collective – Otherstory, bring their table top paper theatre show Escape was on Everyone’s Mind – The Tale of Jack Sheppard to the Barton Hill Settlement 43 Ducie Rd, Bristol, BS5 0AX  on Saturday 9th July at 7.15 pm.


It tells the story of the notorious 18th Century jailbreaker and people’s hero Jack Sheppard. 18th Century London, its rebellious mobs, rapacious merchants and well-fed judges, are brought to vivid life on a table. The use of simple cut-out puppets and zigzagging set lead the audience through unexpected turns among the characters, institutions, and dodgy deals of a time of upheaval; a time with parallels to our own. Jumps in scale, the textured use of sound and song add drama and depth to the story.

A playful, political, visually stunning tale of daring and resistance.

Trevor Houghton from Otherstory commented: “We were inspired by the engravings of William Hogarth. We have taken on his picture-storytelling style: the vibrant detail, the satire, the use of one character’s story to map and critique a society on many levels; and we have attempted to translate this into puppetry. Jack’s story travelled worldwide – evolving over time. A prime reason for taking this show on tour is to bring the story to a new generation.”

The show will be followed by a post-show discussion with guest speaker

Roger Ball – Bristol Radical History Group


The performance last 70 mins, suitable for adults and older children (10+)

Doors open 7.00 pm

Donation on the door

To reserve seats text 07501614256

To view trailer

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


For further information contact: Trevor Houghton – Otherstory – 07501614256