Real life horrible histories on the streets of Brentwood

PUBLISHED: 16:42 08 September 2011

The Martyrs Walk

The Martyrs Walk


An important story based on the history of Brentwood is set to come alive on the town’s streets in a unique theatre production.

DOT Productions are set to perform the Martyr’s Walk on Saturday, September 24 from 11am-2pm, taking audiences through the history of Brentwood, stopping off at key locations along the way, including the Chapel Ruins and the Martyr’s Tree.

Director Penelope Lambton said: “We are really excited about the production, hopefully we will get people coming along and learning something about their town, and be moved by the story.”

The production consists of professional actors and is based on the story of William Hunter, a Protestant who was burned at The Stake in Brentwood in 1555.

The production forces audiences to question whether the 19-year-old, who sacrificed his life rather than his God, was a martyr or if he was simply misguided.

It is estimated to last 50 minutes and starts by the History Column at Bennetts Corner, then pilgrims will lead on to the Chapel Ruins where William is challenged about his choices.

‘Long overdue’

It will also visit the scene of the “crime” where William read his English Bible and highlight the meetings and trials. The third location is the Martyr’s Tree, and the final scenes of William’s horrible death are on Shenfield Common.

Penelope said: “The whole idea of the show is to instigate a debate about whether he was a martyr or was just misguided. It is something that is long over due and hopefully people will enjoy it.”

Audiences should meet at The History Column, Bennetts Corner, Brentwood.

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