Maxine Peake leads tributes as Manchester remembers the victims of the Peterloo Massacre
Celebrities gather to read out the names of the 15 people killed at a moving anniversary ceremony
Actress Maxine Peake led tributes to the victims of the Peterloo Massacre during a poignant anniversary ceremony in Manchester.
The former Shameless and Silk star was joined by a host of other famous faces in reading out the names of the 15 people who lost their lives in the 1819 tragedy.
The ceremony was joined by hundreds of people who marched to the city centre from Bolton, Eccles, Middleton, Salford and Stockport along the same routes taken by an estimated 60,000 campaigners who gathered at St Peter’s Field in Manchester 195 years ago to call for national political change.
The 15 were killed, and hundreds injured, when cavalry and soldiers charged the peaceful rally. The bloody massacre – and the outcry it sparked – helped shape British democracy as it is today.
Ms Peake, 40, joined the march to Manchester from Bolton then read Middleton poet Samuel Bamford’s moving eye-witness account of the horror to crowds outside Manchester Central, formerly the G-Mex.
Star DJs Dave Haslam and Mary Anne Hobbs and Manchester-based writer and musician CP Lee also read out a name each.
Organisers estimated more than 500 people attended and said awareness and interest of Peterloo was growing. Campaigners are calling for a permanent memorial.
Paul Fitzgerald, chairman of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign, said the lack of a memorial in Manchester was a ‘neglected landmark in the history of democracy’.
He said: “The day couldn’t have gone better. It was absolutely amazing. Our thanks as always go to Maxine and everyone who took part in remembering and honouring a dark day in Manchester’s history.
“We reckon around 500 people were here. People were absolutely spellbound when Maxine was reading. It was striking. The mood of the crowd was the best thing. We are going to build it up for next year and the campaign for a memorial is very much on-going.” Renowned artist Jeremy Deller has been approached by a council committee with a view to commissioning a suitable design for a memorial. In 2019, Manchester will mark the 200th anniversary of the bloody massacre and the council has previously said that a memorial would be in place ahead of the anniversary.
Additional Information on Maxine Peake’s film ‘Funny Cow’
Thanks to Kevin Proctor from POW Films we have some additional info on Maxine’s project ‘Funny Cow’ as well as two photos. Check them out below:
Moviehouse has boarded production Funny Cow, set to star Red Riding star Maxine Peake in the story of a female comedian’s rise to fame from a tough working class background.
BAFTA-winner Tinge Krishnan directs Tony Pitts’ script with Pitts also on board to co-star. Kevin Proctor produces with Mark Vennis of Moviehouse Entertainment.
Fully Screen Daily article here:
* * *
POW Films are in development of their debut feature film, ‘Funny Cow’ about the rise of a Northern comedienne in the male dominated world of stand-up comedy.
Maxine Peake will star as the eponymous Funny Cow with Tony Pitts as her violent life partner and John Hannah as her agent with an original score composed by Richard Hawley.
BAFTA winning Director Tinge Krishnan will direct the script penned by Tony Pitts.
The Village 2x02 Spoilers
Grace is encouraged by Bill, the Labour candidate, to join the Cycling Club for a bike ride across the Peaks. She makes use of the fact that John is at chapel to escape the farm and join the ride. She returns, full of guilt and excitement, and when he asks her to come to a political meeting he is holding at the Institute, she agrees, telling herself that it is Bill’s political rhetoric that attracts her.
John is aware that Grace is distracted and begins to suspect that she may be interested in Alf Rutter. He retreats further into the daily challenge of making the dairy business work without access to a barn and a milking machine.
Maxine Peake as Elaine Mason in ‘The Theory of Everything’ - coming in early 2015
The Theory of Everything - Official Trailer & HD Captures
Maxine’s latest film ‘The Theory of Everything’, where she plays Elaine Mason, has been announced for a 2nd January 2015 release.
I took 2 quick snap shots from the HD trailer which was just released. Watch it here:
Maxine Peake in conversation with Red’s editor-in-chief Sarah Bailey
Don’t miss this! Tickets are limited so be quick
Join Maxine Peake as she takes on the role of a lifetime, Hamlet, at the Manchester Royal Exchange
Red’s editor-in-chief Sarah Bailey will join Maxine Peake for a pre-show Q&A, followed by a buffet lunch in the surroundings of the stunning Great Hall before watching Maxine star in the title role of William Shakespeare’s HAMLET.
Date: Saturday October 11th 2014
Time: 12.30pm, Sarah Bailey in conversation with Maxine Peake; 2.30pm, matinee performance of Hamlet
Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH
Price: £40 (includes buffet lunch and a goody bag)
TO BOOK visit www.royalexchange.co.uk/redmag and use the promo code ‘redmag’.
Alternatively, call the box office on 0161 833 9833 and quote the promo code.
Tickets are limited so book fast!