I Am John Clare

Thursday 11th October

7:30 pm start

Tickets £5

This is a Solo Performance Drama, 50 minutes approx, followed by Q & A. in conjunction with Theatre 17.

John Clare, known as the peasant poet, found himself committed to Northampton General Lunatic Asylum in the closing weeks of 1841. We join him on the night of March 8th 1860 after John has written the following reply to a well-wisher's letter:

Dear Sir,
I am in a madhouse and quite forgot your name or who you are. You must excuse me for I have nothing to communicate or tell of and why I and shut up I don't know. I ahve nothing to say so I conclude.
Yours respectfully
John Clare
The torment of this reply leads the Poet on a quest in search of hi own identity, creativity and to try and understand what is insanity and why they call him mad.

Written and produced by Stephen Loveless and acted by Robin Hillman.

There is a licensed bar for refreshments and the tickets can be reserved by contacting the Cottage.


Acoustic Cafe

Thursday 18th October

6:30pm for 7:00pm start

Open Mic Session

“A chance to perform”

You are invited to come along to the Café at the John Clare Cottage to play your instruments, sing or listen to other performers.

The evening will be led by the Reverend Dave Maylor (Blues Guitar).

There will be refreshments, including a licensed bar.

Entry is free; there will be an opportunity to give a donation, the monies being divided between the John Clare Trust and  St Botolph’s Church.

If you require any further details please contact

Clare Cottage – 01733 253330