Georgian Festival will have many faces

Thomas Turlis, one of the many faces at Stamford Georgian Festival EMN-150909-162654001
Thomas Turlis, one of the many faces at Stamford Georgian Festival EMN-150909-162654001

Costume character specialist, John White looks likely to become the face of Stamford’s Georgian Festival, which will be taking place from September 25 to 27.

His first appearance on Saturday, September 26 is at Burghley House as Sir Joseph Scott, a Regency dandy, baronet and the MP for Worcester.

Visitors will hear of his life and society during the turbulent years of the Regency, drawing on the events of the war with France, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, the illness of George III and the excesses of the Prince Regent.

Two shows in Browne’s Hospital grounds on Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, introduce John as travelling pedlar Matthew Chapman, offering all manner of ‘notions’ such as ribbons, buttons and stockings.

From a far-off battlefield, he will be telling of his travels following Wellington’s Army and as an eye witness to the horrors of the long and bloody day of the Battle of Waterloo.

Most gruesome will be his portrayal on Sunday morning of Thomas Turlis, the hangman at Tyburn during the 18th century, equipped with 12ft gallows, ropes, all the tools of his trade and relaying the gallows humour of the time.

To book any of John’s shows please visit www.stamfordgeorgianfestival.co.uk