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‘John Newton-Amazing Grace’ to be performed by the Saltmine Theatre Company
Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This year we will be dedicating an event for Black History Month through our links with ex slave trader and abolitionist John Newton. We will be celebrating his curacy in Olney’s parish church 250 years ago with a theatre production of ‘John Newton – Amazing Grace’ to be performed by the Saltmine Theatre Company. Book tickets soon! Here’s how……
Saltmine Theatre Company presents ‘John Newton – Amazing Grace’
SATURDAY 25th OCTOBER 7:30PM
The Cowper and Newton Museum are thrilled to be welcoming the Saltmine Theatre Company to perform their ‘John Newton – Amazing Grace’ production in St Peter and St Paul Church in Olney – the very church where John Newton first preached 250 years ago this year. In his rectory in Olney he wrote the world-renowned and much-loved hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. “This is a powerfully moving story of slavery, freedom and the remarkable power of love and grace to transform a life” – Saltmine Theatre Company. Tickets £15 available from the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney, Bucks. MK46 4AJ.
Press-ganged into the navy at nineteen, flogged for desertion and torn from the girl he loves, John Newton feels he has nothing to live for. Making his way into the harsh world of the eighteenth century transatlantic slave trade, he makes his living as an abusive trafficker of human flesh. He is a man beyond redemption, making enemies of all he meets, on his way to hell. Then one stormy night, with his ship going down, he faces certain death…and nothing is the same again. This is a powerfully moving story of slavery, freedom and the remarkable power of love and grace to transform a life.
Tickets £15 on sale at The Cowper and Newton Museum – very popular so book soon! The performance will be at St Peter and St Paul Church 7:30pm. Ring 01234 711516
NOTE: The Cowper and Newton Museum will be having a display in the museum during October for Black History Month (in the Three Hares Gallery). Do visit it to help understand the story and to support the National Curriculum studies on the slave trade.