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Macclesfield isn’t the sleepy little town that people might think! We’ve had our share of rebellious behaviour – some best not mentioned! In 1812 there was a full on riot! You can read all about it here and that’s what this event is all about. In April 2016, we celebrated our town’s past and present through a riotous piece of street theatre, mimicking the events that took place in our streets on April 13th 1812 and then joined together for a celebratory meal in the Market Square with entertainment by the fantastic Sheelanagig!

A bit of background information: On April 13th 1812 there was a riot in Macclesfield. You can read about the original riot on the Luddite bicentenary website.

Then On April 13th 2017 Macclesfield Community Artspace staged a re-enactment which consisted of a free street theatre event of the riot followed by a ticketed public feast in the Market Square with the fabulous Sheelanagig performing on stage. It was a riot! On June 16th 2018, we are going to do it all again, this time as part of the Barnaby Parade! Keep an eye on the website and our facebook page for updates soon.