On Human Folly: John Woolman play | Sunday 21 November 2010 2 pm

On Human Folly - played at Woking QuakersThis two-man play is presented at Woking FMH, after a shared lunch, by Plain Quakers theatre company. It was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008 and then toured the country. It has also been seen in Ireland, France and the Netherlands.

On Human Folly raises difficult questions and provides a quizzical sideways look at token environmentalism. The play moves easily between the past and the present, and recounts the 1772 journey to England of John Woolman, the 18th century American Quaker, and his death in York that year. Woolman’s story is told from the perspective of two historical Quakers who might have observed his progress, Caleb Marsden a Yorkshire tradesman and Samuel Galton, an important Birmingham arms manufacturer whose family was subsequently disowned by the Quakers. Woolman worked tirelessly to abolish slavery: three generations of Galtons sold weapons to slave traders.

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