The Fort was occupied for over 200 years from 1745 until its closure in 1956 but over that period its most infamous Governor was Phillip Thickness who governed from 1753 until 1766.
Thickness was a soldier, husband father and traveller. He was a champion to his friends but a viper to his enemies. He was respected the men who served under him and adored by all three of his wives.
A new play written by two local playwrights, Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden will be performed in the Fort on Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September; at 2pm and at 6pm on Sunday 1st October. Over the last few years there has been a play performed in the main parade ground which has superb acoustics and some of you may have come and enjoyed seeing ‘Sherlock Holmes’ or ‘The Tempest’ or perhaps ‘Treasure Island.’ This should be that bit different as it will be a story that few of you will know about plus the cast will be much bigger and you will not remain in your seats for the whole show.
The play will be led by four professional actors and supported by historic re-enactors as well as students of Felixstowe Academy for the crowd scenes and the involvement of the Felixstowe Community Choir. It will also include cartoons from primary school children.
The play will be performed in two acts and for the first the audience will have seating but for the second as there will be movement to different places the show will be more of a ‘Promenade’ format as in ‘Last Night of the Proms’, so no sore bums from sitting too long. There will also be parts played by the public and the audience will be welcome to join in with the communal songs.
I hope you are tempted to come along and enjoy the show in a location like no other. The tickets are available through Easter Angles 01473 211498 www.easternangles.co.uk and for more information click on www.phillipthickness.com.
Ticket prices are Adults £12.00, under 18 years £6.00. Wheelchair access – free for accompanying adult.
Laurence Hendry, Landguard Fort Trust.