Press release below:
‘When we think of New England, we tend to picture stern-faced Puritans and black-hatted Pilgrims, but in the same decade that these more famous settlers arrived, a man called Thomas Morton founded a very different kind of colony: a neo-pagan settlement he named Merrymount.’
The short-lived Massachusetts utopia, where a Dunkin’ Donuts now stands, stood for art and poetry over industriousness and labour, and pursued a policy of intercultural harmony rather than white supremacy. Morton placed a maypole in the centre, a reminder of the mirth of Old England.
Dragon Drama presents RECKLESS MIRTH: a historical comedy charting the rise and fall of a man’s ‘strange and beautiful alternative dream’. After a year of dark theatres, a cast of dazzling young performers burst back onto the stage to celebrate merriment as the summer begins!
Devilish witch-hunters, punk rock Native Americans, braggadocious pirates, puzzled priests and petty thieves make up the cast of big and small Dragons who will take to the stage at The Rose for the finale of the International Youth Arts Festival. Not to be missed!
Sunday 11th July | 7.30pm
TICKETS (limited seats) – https://www.rosetheatre.org/whats-on/reckless-mirth
✍️ quotes from ‘The Lord of Misrule: Thomas Morton’s American Subversions’ in The Public Domain Review.