Eyam 350th Plague Commemoration: The Roses of Eyam Promenade Play
16th‐20th June 2015 7pm
The Roses of Eyam Promenade Play uses the real life location to tell the story of the village that lost a third of its population to the plague.
The play begins with the fateful arrival in Eyam of a horse and trap laden with “nowt but the latest fashions” but in fact infested with fleas carrying the deadly plague and charts 13 months of isolation, self sacrifice and heartbreak among the villagers.
Thomas Stanley, the evicted former rector, made an unlikely alliance with William Mompesson, the incomer who had taken his living, to persuade the residents to stay rather than run away and spread the plague. Despite all the despair and doubts they suffered, they were convinced in the end that they had done the right thing.
This promenade play, adapted from the Don Taylor play, uses the actual cottages where villagers lived and died and the village street where tragic and sometimes comic events took place. The result is a powerful piece of theatre which cannot fail to evoke an emotional and affecting response.