Event Details

The Democracy of Oaks

Time: October 10, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: The Fan Museum
Street: 12, Crooms Hill
City/Town: Greenwich, London. SE10 8ER
Website or Map: http://fanmuseum.org.uk
Phone: 020 8305 1441
Event Type: theatrical, gala, showcase
Organized By: Wayne Adrian Drew
Latest Activity: Jul 12, 2014

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Event Description

The Democracy of Oaks

A gala showcase production of a new play  

by Adrian Drew.


‘Be curious – not judgmental!” – Walt Whitman.


“Theatrically compelling.”   Professor M. Wynn Thomas. Author – The Lunar Light of Whitman’s Poetry.

Fascinating Stuff. A clever piece for two great actors!”   Rony Robinson   –  Writer & Presenter.

 “A beautifully written moving insight into the lives of two remarkable men.”    Dolores Long   –  Educationalist.

 “Wonderful! Brilliant! Truly magnificent! Faithful and authentic! A beautiful Work!”

Scott Winemiller – Founder:  Dinner with Walt, website, USA



In 1877 young Edward Carpenter from Britain, visited his idol, the legendary poet Walt Whitman at his home in Camden, New Jersey.

The outcome was far-reaching indeed for both men - and history too.

Adrian Drew’s memorable theatrical tour de force – showcased tonight for the first time – has recently been published to acclaim.  It deals with two fascinating individuals and the complexities of Art and Life, revealing, on route, facts about such contemporaries as Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde, that may surprise many!  

The play stars Andrew Squires, (whose work ranges from TV’s Emmerdale to the lead in the feature film The Heretic) as the complex Carpenter, and well-known American actor Nigel Barber (whose many performances on stage & screen from Baywatch and Magnum PI to the new feature film Firequake, have received widespread recognition) as the great Whitman himself.

The Democracy of Oaks is directed by its author Adrian Drew who has written over 20 plays that have been staged on the London fringe  and whose festival production of Cocteau’s  The Human Voice, and his plays Where Poppies Bloom (about the impact of The Great War on a small Norfolk village), Ellen (about the actress Ellen Terry),  The Laws of Shadows ( about ghost story writer M.R.James), and his musical Torch Song, will all be produced over the coming months.

Admission to the Fan Museum for this gala event is £12 and includes wine and light refreshments. This semi-staged rehearsed reading should last approximately 2½ hours including intermission and is only suitable for people over the age of 18. 

Theatrical productions at the Museum sell out well in advance so early booking is absolutely essential.

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