Earls Barton Village Festival

Copyright Earls Barton Village Festival 2011

Earls Barton Village Festival

This production will be in

Earls Barton Methodist Church

Friday 17th September

7.30 pm,

Tickets £5.00 from

Robin Hillman

01604 810896


William Blake (1757-1827)  was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. Living in London for almost his entire life, he produced a diverse and symbolically rich collection of works which embraced the imagination as "the body of God”.

John Clare (1793-1864), known as the peasant poet, found himself committed to Northampton General Lunatic Asylum. We join him on the night of the 8th March 1860 after he has written the following reply to a well-wisher’s letter.

Dear Sir, I am in a madhouse and quite forgot your Name or who You are You must excuse me for I have nothing to communicate or tell of and why I am shut up I don’t know. I have nothing to say so I conclude.

Yours respectfully, John Clare


The torment of this reply leads the Poet on a quest in search of his own identity, creativity and to try and understand what is insanity and why they call him mad

Writer/Director/Co-Producer Stephen Loveless Stephen died in February 2019. These performances are dedicated to his memory.

Actor/Musician/Co-Producer Robin Hillman - Robin Hillman who plays William Blake has spent several decades performing as an actor, fiddle-player and singer. For Theatre 17 he has portrayed John Clare in  I Am John Clare, William Blake in Fearful Symmetry, The Locksmith in Something Scary, and played the title role in Jack Luck. All these plays were written and directed by Stephen Loveless.