Revolutionary Witness

DOI: 10.5040/9781408161104.00000041
Scenes: 4. Roles: Male (4) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Revolutionary Witness is a series of four direct and intelligent monologues about the French Revolution, excavating the individual voices from the historical tide.

‘The Patriot’ is spoken by a man selling souvenirs of the French Revolution: bones, stones and medals made from drawbridge chains are flogged as mementos of the uprising, and holy symbols of the new world order.

‘The Butcher’ is a man who has found it hard to understand very much, except that the Revolution was right and moral and its casualties deserve a hero’s pension.

‘The Preacher’ is a keen and articulate account spoken by a preacher with an uncompromising commitment to the revolution.

‘The Amazon’ is the complaint of a courtesan who led the mob wearing red silk on a black horse, and now sits mouldering in an asylum, recalling her life with unhinged lyricism.

Each monologue is based on the story of a real survivor of the French Revolution. Revolutionary Witness was televised by the BBC in 1989.

From Barnes Plays: 3


Bloomsbury Publishing

Peter Barnes

ISBN: 9780413699800

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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