Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack 3

Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack 3

Jeff Hopkins

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Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack 3

Jeff Hopkins 

1. Impressment: Managers, Actors and Impressed Boys

In 1597 Queen Elizabeth I signed a Royal warrant giving theatre managers Henry Evans, Nathaniel Giles and their deputy, James Robinson authority to 'impress' boys to be actors in the second Blackfriars Theatre. In reality it was kidnapping against which there were no laws in Elizabethan England. As a result two of the greatest boy players of the age, Nathan Field and Salomon Pavy, suffered 'impressment'. The setting up of the new indoor theatre ushers a cavalcade of characters into the former Dominican Priory. It takes two more decades for all the mysteries of the ill-fated Blackfriars Theatre to be solved. It is a theatrical traverse through the final years of Elizabeth's reign and the first part of the 17th century. The history is fascinating, and the tale, which proves both comic and tragic, will seem far more strange than fiction ever could be.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count:  212

Internal pages: B&W

2. Benedict Lovelace and the Travelling Show

Benedict Lovelace engages 19-year-old Tommy Turkin to do some rat catching, renovations, and recruiting for his bold new 'project'. Minnie Dix joins Tommy to provide some much-needed domestic help for his expanding troupe, which numbers ten when Johnny Sharp arrives. Tommy Turkin's 'Golden Boys' train hard, swim well, and learn a host of new skills in Old Fremantle without really knowing what their role is going to be.

Christmas and New Year bring further surprises, and at the end of January, 1898 the Travelling Show, expanded by Silas Appleyard and his 'Gospel Group', head for the West Australian goldfields. As they progress town by town towards Kalgoorlie, not everyone in the 'unofficial gold capital' of Australia looks forward to their arrival.

Michael Doyle and 'Old Man' Casey anticipate the problems that Benedict Lovelace and Travelling Show may bring. They try to enlist the help of the goldfields policeman, Sergeant O'Malley, and his assistant Constable Thompson, with limited success.

A blind boy, Jimmy Gimmick, and his guide dog, Sam, further complicate matters, which race to a conclusion involving deception and death.

Will this spell the end for the Master Showman, Benedict Lovelace, and his troupe, or does he still have some tricks up his sleeve?

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 220

Internal pages: B&W

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