The life and very lively times of Phillip Thicknesse,

Governor of Landguard Fort 1753-66.

LANDGUARD FORT, FELIXSTOWE:  September 28th – October 1st

The story of Philip Thicknesse, Governor of Landguard Fort, 1753- 66, is being brought to life in the place where it all happened. Soldier, husband, father, traveler, a champion to his friends, a viper to his enemies, he was respected by the men who served under him and adored by his wives, especially his third wife, Ann, a talented musician and writer.  The play offers a whole new perspective on this unforgettable man who should be better known as an important figure in Felixstowe’s and Suffolk’s history.

Landguard Fort is a spectacular location with a big a central courtyard surrounded by rooms, fortifications, underground passages, an outer bailey and a moat.  This site-specific production, developed by Woven Theatre Company, invites the audience to really immerse themselves in the action of the play.

Written by two local playwrights, Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden, the production will be led by five professional actors and will include cartoons from primary school children, crowd scenes developed by students at Felixstowe Academy, the involvement of the Felixstowe Community Choir and the group of historic re-enactors based at the Fort.  Other parts will be played by members of the public and the audience will feel very much part of the experience as they are welcome to join in with the communal songs.  The Governor’s monkey, Jacko, and Ann’s parakeet will also be central to proceedings in the form of specially commissioned puppets.

The director, Anna Birch, specialises in site-specific productions and has worked with Woven in developing new work over a number of years.

Richard Blaine as Philip Thicknesse

Clare Hawes as Ann Thicknesse

Elois Kay plays the Clerk of the Court, Inn Keeper’s wife, Boatwoman and puppeteer

Jamie Symons as Lord Orwell and Lawyer.

Steve Gallant as the Sergeant , Jailor and soldier.

Adrian Cave – Musical director and soldier.

Tickets are on sale through Eastern Angles 01473 211498

Seating for the first act.  Bring a fold up chair if you want to be sure of a seat in the second act.  And dress for the weather!



The Landguard Fort Trust, The Felixstowe Rotary Club, The Suffolk Coast, Adnams, Peewit Caravan Park.

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