“Against the Tide”, a play about William Morris

The PRS has recently received information about a play called “Against The Tide” – A portait of William Morris: Artist, Poet and Revolutionary. It is written by Jack Shepherd a well known actor (Wycliffe), playwright and director. 
Set in 1861, the revolutionary time of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, this intense study of a great man, now best known for his interior design, is seen through his famous friends – artists Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Whistler and the poet Swinburne; their bohemian life, their shared wives, the brothels and the drinking dens of London’s demi-monde. William Morris, in later life, was drawn towards revolutionary socialism, forging links with anarchist movement that terrorised Victorian society in much the same way that militant Islam does today. This exciting new play looks at the oppressive nature of Victorian society and one man’s burning desire to change it for the better.
Following Jack Shepherd’s extraordinary success in Lewes and in London with ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, he is working with the Players’ Collective to produce the first professional production of this newly created play. A previous version entitled ‘Demi-Monde’ was premiered to critical acclaim at the Riverside Studios in 2010.




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2 responses to ““Against the Tide”, a play about William Morris

  1. Really interested to hear of this play… there was so much more to William Morris than the wallpaper designs most people know him for today. I visited Kelmscott Manor recently and it was so fascinating that I was inspired to write a post about it. I must try and find out more about the play. Jane Gray

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