Set in the early years of the French Revolution, In Lambeth shows an encounter between William Blake and Thomas Paine - the idealist visionary and the principled pragmatist.
Jack Shepherd, a leading actor of his generation, was one of the founding actors of the Cottesloe Company as well as being a playwright. In 2005 his play Man Falling Down: A Mask Play was staged at the Globe Theatre, London, followed by Holding Fire! in 2007.
A striking, Aristophanic, tongue-in-cheek encounter. * Independent
In his beautiful play . . . Shepherd has captured the essence of the men, and has found them a magical location and a good moment in history in which to meet. * Time Out *
Charm is not a quality one would immediately associate with either William Blake or Tom Paine, but Jack Shepherd's play about a meeting between the two in 1791 has it in abundance. * The Times *
'A beautiful exploration' * The Stage *
. . . a stylish account of the meeting of two brilliant minds . . . If you like big ideas . . . this is a hoot . . . * Time Out London *
. . . it opens up an intriguing and ultimately unresolvable debate. * Guardian *