We all fall down

This article is from 2008.

We all fall down

Exploring the darker side of storytelling

Over the past five years, En Masse theatre has garnered a reputation for creating exciting, imaginative productions for young people and their families. Their latest show, We All Fall Down, is a tale of two villages – Eyam, where the people are saintly, and Darkling Welles where the inhabitants are corrupt. One little boy must go on a voyage into hell to teach them a lesson.

While the central character’s journey is clearly inspired by Dante, the starting point for the play was the real-life Eyam – a 17th century ‘plague village’, whose inhabitants chose to isolate themselves rather than see the infection spread. ‘I first found out about Eyam from my mum who had taken my nan there,’ says artistic director, Amy Leach. ‘I thought the story was fantastic – gripping, theatrical and surprisingly true.’

As Leach points out, the show contains a good balance of light and shade. ‘Our plays often explore the dark side of life, but they are also balanced with a huge amount of comedy, irreverence and light relief.’

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We All Fall Down

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The exciting and imaginative En Masse theatre offer a morality tale about a good village, an evil village and one boy's journey into hell to teach them a lesson, with hints of Dante and a real plague village called Eyam. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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