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Many months in the planning and making, our co-productions The Petty Sessions and the Coroner’s Inquest have come and gone without a hitch. Okay, just the one, when our special effects smoke set off the alarm for a little while. But that was it. The place was packed, and our talented cast from Twisted Events Presents were amazing. The material was researched by academics from the University of Hertfordshire, led by Professors Tim Hitchcock and Owen Davies with Louise Falcini and then sympathetically scripted by Janet Rawson and Stephanie Grainger. Production, Lighting and Special Effects by Ben Cooper. Inspired court-room drama. For some background on why many lower court sessions were held in pubs during the 18C and 19C, please see our previous post.

A big thank-you to the staff of The George in the Strand who supported us superbly and did sterling work to keep our boisterous audience fed and watered

Here are some pictures – all by Patrick Loftus.

The Petty Sessions

Great atmosphere: smoke-alarm inducing, in fact.

The Petty Sessions.

These loaves are under-weight. But are they also adulterated?

The Petty Sessions

The Petty Sessions.

Joseph Powell, notorious con-man, is no measure for our magistrate.

The Coroner's Inquest

The Coroner

The Coroner's Inquest

The master of the house values his own opinion and voice!

The Coroner's Inquest

Show some respect!

The Coroner's Inquest

Was it poison? Was it deliberate?

The Coroner's Inquest

The Coroner's Inquest

Next stop, Newgate, the Old Bailey and possibly the hangman.

Coroner's Inquest.

Our talented cast: Albert Welling, Kali Peacock, Paul Anthoney, Nerine Skinner, Janet Rawson.

University of Hertfordshire, Twisted Events Presents.

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