Three men posing in regal 1800 english dressing. one man on the side is holding a drum whilst the other is playing a guitar.
Photo by Matt Austin

Jack Dean – Jeremiah

On 9 June 1817 Jeremiah Brandreth met with several hundred men in the White Horse pub in Pentrich. Their plan was to march on Nottingham, then South, where they would join an expected 50,000 supporters to storm the Tower of London, overthrow the government, wipe out the National Debt and end poverty forever. What Jeremiah didn’t know is that there is a spy in his ranks, sent by the Home Secretary himself, who had other ideas…

Jeremiah is a loud, rambunctious new show with live music by rap storyteller Jack Dean. It will tell the incredible true story of the much misunderstood Luddite rebellion – a movement that spanned the whole North of England, had more British soldiers fighting it than Napoleon, and made the destruction of machinery a capital offence. The story will be told through the lens of the life of Brandreth, the instigator of the Luddites’ final gambit, the Pentrich Rising, and the last man to be beheaded in the history of Britain, weaving alongside it the parallel tale of William J. Oliver, the government spy that betrayed him.


13 June
Proteus Creation Space, Basingstoke
8 June
Stable Barn, Berrynarbor
7 June
6 June
Heywood Hall, Chulmleigh
4 June
Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate
2 June
Pulse Festival, Ipswich
30 May
Square Chapel, Halifax
25 May
Theatre Deli, Sheffield
21 May
29 September 2018
Barnsley Civic, Barnsley
26 & 27th September 2018
Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

Production details

Written & co-composed
Jack Dean
Chris Harrisson
Co-composer & musical director
Umayr Shaffi
Katy Rowe
Dominie Hooper
Lighting design
Katrin Padel
AV design
Tim Reid
Alex Chisholm
Matt Part
Big Feast


Fergus Evans

Production images