Revolutionary Witness is a series of four direct and intelligent monologues about the French Revolution, excavating the individual voices from the historical tide.
‘The Patriot’ is spoken by a man selling souvenirs of the French Revolution: bones, stones and medals made from drawbridge chains are flogged as mementos of the uprising, and holy symbols of the new world order.
‘The Butcher’ is a man who has found it hard to understand very much, except that the Revolution was right and moral and its casualties deserve a hero’s pension.
‘The Preacher’ is a keen and articulate account spoken by a preacher with an uncompromising commitment to the revolution.
‘The Amazon’ is the complaint of a courtesan who led the mob wearing red silk on a black horse, and now sits mouldering in an asylum, recalling her life with unhinged lyricism.
Each monologue is based on the story of a real survivor of the French Revolution. Revolutionary Witness was televised by the BBC in 1989.