To mark the 200th anniversary of the Cato Street Plot of 1820, actor David Benson performed several performances of a one man show he had written on the subject. It was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2019 and was performed at the Harrowby and District Resident’s Association Festival to mark the bicentenary on Sunday 23rd February 2020.
‘This was a plot to behead the entire cabinet of Lord Liverpool and declare a People’s government by a band of radical ne’er-do-wells. Or so the official story went. The show features many gems from my research sessions at the British Library over four years, during which our own era saw many profound changes and challenges to the relationship between People and Power. My special pride is to bring back from the dead a song, Oh Give Me Death or Liberty, a stirring anthem of revolution, screamed from the scaffold by one of the plotters moments before he was hanged, well-known to everyone in the vast crowd but totally forgotten today – until now!