Tristan Bates Theatre

Devils on Horseback

Mon 12 February
Standard tickets: £12/£8 Concs. 


Step back to 1917 and witness the secret history of Deptford’s conscientious objectors during the Great War. 

On trial for their religion, politics, and human conscience, relive the secret hearings of men who resisted being drafted into the armed forces in the midst of a conflict that would shape the world.

 Written by College Historian and Professor in Media & Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London - Tim Crook brings to life the Brockley postman who said no, the Deptford padre who won a VC saving lives in No Man's Land, the Labour activist who made the ultimate sacrifice and became Deptford's first woman Mayor, the press baron who plotted to have the 'conchies' shot at dawn and the Mayor who said yes.

Based on genuine research which is revealing striking new details that paint a vivid picture of local life during one of the most turbulent periods in world history.



"Very imaginatively and thoughtfully presented" Bruce Kent, Peace Activist
''Funny, thoughtful and interesting'' Dr. Olivia Merriman
''A most memorable and moving piece of drama'' Pippa Maslin, Researcher at Royal Holloway
''Good acting as well as a fascinating piece of history'' Sir Steve Bullock, Politician and Mayor of Lewisham



Wayland Connor J. Matthews
Schultz/Scott Benedikt Laumann
Drapper Julia Quayle
Haskett Tim Harrison
Albrow Aiden O'Beirne
Otton Sara Al Ghanem
Spencer Tom Powell
Mellish Drew Rafton


Writer Tim Crook
Producer & Designer Tom Powell
Director Connor J. Matthews
Assistant Director  Delphine Beuche
Co-Producer Benedikt Laumann
Costume, Props & design assistant Meiying Gan
Hair & Make-up Sara Al Ghanem


Please be aware this performance include adult themes, references to violence and strong language.