07 Oct 2013

Pupils at Sibford School near Banbury marked National Quaker Week with a performance from the Plain Quakers Theatre Projects.

‘Nine Parts a Quaker … unfinished business’ tells the story of Thomas Clarkson who worked with William Wilberforce and the Quakers in a 40-year fight to end the misery of slavery in the 19th century.

Researched, written, directed and performed by Mike Casey and Arthur Pritchard, the play is intercut with stories of modern slavery.

Said Mike and Arthur: “Today’s play is an updated version of a piece written in 2007 to mark the bi-centenary of the abolition of the slave trade. Since then the fact that many forms of human slavery still exist in our own century has become more widely known. We hope that the play is a small contribution to raising awareness of this ugly and abusive trade.”


Pictured: Arthur Pritchard (left) and Mike Casey with Sibford pupils Beth Hughes and Gareth Bown.

Quaker Week runs from Friday 27 September to Sunday 6 October.