Can you keep a secret?

PUBLISHED: 16:38 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:30 20 February 2013

Mikron Theatre Company commemorate the Luddites at The Bounty, Bourne End on 27 June

Mikron Theatre Company commemorate the Luddites at The Bounty, Bourne End, SL8 5RG, on 27 June.

Enoch hath made em and Enoch shall break em

Marsden, 1812; a village huddled into the valley at the foot of the wild Pennine moorland. A village unraveled by the twists of fate which see families rise against each other in the fight for progress and the fight for survival.

Two hundred years later and Marsden is now the hometown to Mikron Theatre Company. In 1812 it was the hometown to Enoch Taylor, inventor and manufacturer of the first cropping machines. It was also the home to many croppers who saw their futures disappearing. Joining the Luddite rebellion, a group of croppers took things into their own hands with fatal consequences.

Maeve Larkins brand new script for Mikron weaves together the stories of the Luddites and the mill owners, the inventors and the croppers; spinning a yarn as richly colourful as only Mikron can.

Can You Keep a Secret? tells the dramatic events that led to the assault on Rawfolds Mill, the killing of William Horsfall, and the subsequent hanging of 17 men in York. Set against the dramatic Yorkshire landscape, Can You Keep a Secret? intertwines the harsh realities of the croppers lives with a clandestine love affair and the tragic consequences of workers pushed to their limits.

Now embarking on their 40th birthday tour, Mikron Theatre Company tour on board their vintage narrowboat, Tyseley, bringing original live theatre to audiences all around the country. Traveling along the countrys inland waterways, the company can turn any space into a venue; beer gardens, church halls, pubs, community centres, dry docks, village greens and even the odd theatre!

Mikron is the only theatre company in the world to tour this way. Mikron shows, routed in social history, are known for telling the stories of ordinary people caught up in big events, and Can You Keep a Secret? tells the story of the people of Marsden and of Yorkshire and their place in history.

Marianne McNamara, Mikrons Artistic Director, who will direct Can You Keep a Secret? is excited by this new production: Mikron are proud to be right at the heart of the village (of Marsden) and in this year, marking the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprisings in Yorkshire we simply couldnt ignore the enormous part played by the people of Marsden in these events. Our office, in the centre of the village is just yards away from the site of Enoch Taylors workshop, his grave is here on the village green and Ottiwells Mill (owned by William Horsfall) was sited close to the village centre.

Can you Keep a Secret? Is touring nationally throughout the year, and Marianne is confident that audiences all around the country will be enthralled by the story of the Yorkshire Luddites, The Luddites are such an important piece of the nations history, Maeve Larkins script and the settings have resonances of Bronte and Dickens, and, as ever with Mikron shows, theres also plenty of humour, live music and original songs.

Can You Keep a Secret? will be at :

The Bounty, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5RG

On Wednesday 27 June at 7.30pm

Show information: 01628 520056

There is no need to book a ticket for this show as a pay-what-you-will collection will be taken after the performance.

More details about the show and the tour dates can be found on

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